NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

OLSAT test results for NYC Gifted and Talented Placement Arrived!
April 27, 2011, 11:17 pm
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The Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test results arrived early yesterday morning to thousands of anxious parents in NYC at the stroke of midnight! From what I’ve heard, many parents still haven’t heard anything yet. Don’t worry, you’ll still get the OLSAT results via the US postal service by next week!

Also, the web site is hosting a tele-seminar tomorrow night (Thursday, April 27) for their members on the topic of “Demystifying the NYC G&T School Selection Process for Parents.” That’s one you won’t want to miss!

Many parents have asked about reviewing their child’s OLSAT and Bracken test. Here’s the low-down of how to view the tests from the New York City department of education:

The number to call is 718.935.2009. There are 2 wayshe to access it. The first way is online, but that won’t be available until May 2nd. The other way is via mail. Here’s the information they request, and it must be done by May 10th.

Send a letter requesting a copy of the test with the following information to: Division of Accountability Achievement Resources Gifted and Talented Program New York City Department of Education, 52 Chambers Street New York, NY 10007.

 They need the first and last name of the child, current school that they are attending with address and phone number, the date and location of when and where they took the test, and the parent’s full name and address with a work phone number.

The deadline for families to apply to elementary school Gifted & Talented programs is Tuesday, May 10.

If you have any questions or would like to tell me your OLSAT test story let me know at Thanks!

Nurture or Nature? Are Gifted and Talented Children More Academically Successful
April 6, 2011, 9:23 pm
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If you’d like to be added to my gifted and talented testing newsletter email me at Also, don’t forget that you can now get over 3,000 practice questions for the OLSAT, WPPSI and Stanford-Binet from

It’s the old chicken-egg dilemma!  Are G&T kids more academically successful because of their natural gifts or because they are afforded a special environment?

A recent study conducted in the North Carolina school system has raised the question of whether the learning environment in Gifted and Talented programs like the ones in New York has more to do with the success of these students than some might care to admit. 

The North Carolina DOE studied over 10,000 children in a program called Project Bright Idea to try to explain the underrepresentation of black and Latino children in advanced and gifted classes.  Continue reading