NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Changes to the NYC Gifted and Talented Program

Earlier this week the New York City Department of Education announced changes to the NYC Gifted and Talented Program to take effect for this upcoming testing season and for students entering the NYC G&T program for next school year. Here’s the quick and dirty based upon a quick run through of the handbook:

  • The NNAT2 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) will now account for 2/3 of the total score while the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test) will account for the other 1/3 of the score. In prior years, the OLSAT test accounted for 75% of the score while the BSRA-Bracken (no longer used) accounted for 25% of the score. This is a major shift in the testing criteria since the NNAT-2 test is much more difficult than both the BSRA and the OLSAT test. Just see for yourself with free sample questions on the TestingMom.com web site.
  • You’ll need to register by November 9, 2012 online.
  • There are DOE information sessions for parents, the first one in Brooklyn on October 22 and in Manhattan on October 24. Details below in my previous post from the other day.
  • The scoring will be much more precise and done by composite score from 200 to 900 points. Even if two children are in the 99th percentile the composite score would differentiate the two children. One could get an 860 and other 864 (both in the 99th percentile) but the 864 would have higher priority than the 860. Sorry to sound like our kids are numbers but I suppose that’s the only way to do this more precisely. Now the NYC snob parents can accurately compare their 99th percentile child to other 99th percentiles and make a judgement call from there.
  • The biggest change is there is no guarantee placement for kids going into Kindergarten and first grade if they make the 90th percentile cut-off.  In the past, if a parent ranked all schools available then they would get placement but this year that has changed.
  • Not sure if the NNAT2 test is going to be timed or not. The handbook didn’t indicate that it would be so who knows!

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