NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Furious NYC Parents on Upper West Side Complain About Closing of PS 9 Gifted and Talented School
May 26, 2011, 2:23 pm
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Parents on the UWS are outraged about the announcement of the closing of PS 9 G&T program for incoming kindergarteners next year. Parents had already submitted their G&T school selection for next year and didn’t even know this program was being phased out. The announcement was nicely tucked in the backpacks of students as they headed home from school. Parents who select P.S. 9 gifted and talented school are now more stressed out than they were during the OLSAT practice test season! The New York City department of education’s (that runs the NYC gifted and talented program) Chancellor Dennis Walcott vowed Monday to personally meet with angry and bitter Upper West Side parents over the loss of one of the most popular gifted and talented programs in New York City.

The Gifted & Talented Are Coming! OLSAT Test Results Announced!
May 2, 2011, 10:38 pm
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Congratulations to all the parents of those children who qualified for the NYC gifted and talented program for this coming school year!  The number of gifted children is way up this year, and the incoming wave of applicants is about to crash down onto the NYC G&T system.
The Wall Street Journal published a story this past Friday reporting a 13% spike in incoming kindergartners taking the OLSAT test this year, as well as a 13% increase in the number of kids who ranked in the 90th percentile or above for the OLSAT and Bracken test scores combined and were accepted in the gifted and talented program. Continue reading