NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Diversity Debate for Gifted and Talented Program in NYC Hunter College HS
August 8, 2010, 1:35 pm
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It looks like the controversy over gifted and talented testing even goes beyond the kindergarten through 2nd grade testing done in NYC for a spot in the coveted gifted and talented programs across the city. Hunter College High School was recently featured in a NY Times article about how getting into Hunter College High School gifted and talented program has reduced blacks and Hispanics acceptance into this program to an all time low. The graduation address speech given by Justin Hudson where he addressed this issue and according the article he received a standing ovation by half of the students and faculty attending the graduation.

According to the NY Times article: “the black and Hispanic population at Hunter has fallen in recent years. In 1995, the entering seventh-grade class was 12 percent black and 6 percent Hispanic, according to state data. This past year, it was 3 percent black and 1 percent Hispanic; the balance was 47 percent Asian and 41 percent white, with the other 8 percent of students identifying themselves as multiracial. The public school system as a whole is 70 percent black and Hispanic.”

There also seems to be a high overturn of principals at Hunter College High School with recent departure of Eileen Coppola who resigned as the school’s principal in June. She’s the third principal in the past five years at one of the most prestigious high schools in the United States which sees 25% of its graduates going on to attend ivy league schools.

So, it seems like the debate continues over gifted and talented programs even at the high school level here in NYC; including Hunter College HS.

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what is even more disturbing is that admission to the hunter grade school is limited to manhattan residents only. as a single Latina mother who is a college professor in the CUNY system, it is impossible for me to live in manhattan so my afro-latino son is left out of the loop. grrrrrrrrrrr

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