NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Minorities Under-represented in New York City’s Gifted and Talented Programs

New York City, which often leads the field in gifted and talented programs for children, is seeking new testing criteria for the city’s youth. What has spurred this search? Most recently, the traditional gifted and talented tests used have come under criticism as a result of low qualification numbers for students in minority groups. In fact, there are several schools in some of the burrows which will have no gifted and talented program due to no students qualifying for the program in the fall of 2010.

Proponents of new NYC gifted and talented criteria believe the traditional testing practices do not accurately measure the potential of students in many minority groups. Essentially, the city and the NYC school districts are taking measure of NYC district-wide gifted and talented program admissions criteria and will potentially make adjustments to ensure that more students city-wide make it into gifted and talented programs in the future.

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