NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Will NYC Gifted and Talented Test go to 50 50 split?
September 28, 2013, 8:47 pm
Filed under: nnat test, OLSAT Test | Tags: ,

Well, rumors are flying around about possible changes to the OLSAT and NNAT-2 test coming up this January and Feburary. Will the NYC gifted and talented test go to 50 50 split? (instead of the 65 35 split like last year). Well, according to a recent article from WNYC about the screw-ups on the scoring of the regents test this quote is nicely tucked at the bottom of the article:

Department of Education spokeswoman Erin Hughes told WNYC that the change was made because the city would be able to get more data on how its students performed.

“Last year, the D.O.E. did not have data on the performance of New York City students” on the Naglieri test, she said.  “For this reason, the D.O.E. used data from the national samples for these tests in the 2012-13 scoring methodology.”

This year, Hughes explained, the city is returning to its old methodology, the Normal Curve Equivalency, and will weight each exam equally.

I suppose we’ll find out when the gifted and talented handbooks are published in the next couple of weeks but after last year’s screw-ups who knows what the Dept. of Ed. will do this year!



Back to School for PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented

This week is back to school for PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented.  Even with the extra week of summer parents were still scrambling at the last minute to make sure their talented tots were prepared for the new 2013-14 school year here in New York City.  Some parents last week were surprised to learn that school actually started on September 9 the week after Labor Day compared to previous years.

Here are a few photos of all the action that took place at Chelsea Prep on the first day of school on September 9, 2013!

Anxious parents at the PS 33 Chelsea Prep cafeteria dropping off their children for the first day of school. Lots of nervous energy but overall very smooth transition for all the kids - even those in Kindergarten!

Anxious parents at the PS 33 Chelsea Prep cafeteria dropping off their children for the first day of school. Lots of nervous energy but overall very smooth transition for all the kids – even those in Kindergarten!

Parents walking through the P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep school playground getting ready to drop off their children for the first day of school!

Parents walking through the P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep school playground getting ready to drop off their children for the first day of school!

The NYC school calendar of the days off  on the welcome back to school poster on the front door of PS33 Chelsea Prep School in District 2 Manhattan

The NYC school calendar of the days off on the welcome back to school poster on the front door of PS33 Chelsea Prep School in District 2 Manhattan

The beautiful school garden at PS 33 in front of the school that was developed 3 years ago. A beautiful addition to the a wonderful school! Doesn't get any better than this in NYC G&T!

The beautiful school garden at PS 33 in front of the school that was developed 3 years ago. A beautiful addition to a wonderful school! Doesn’t get any better than this in the word of NYC Gifted and Talented!



Testing Week Begins September 18
September 9, 2013, 2:31 pm
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: , ,

Well, the folks from TestingMom.com are sponsoring their first annual Testing Week!  Testing Week begins September 18, 2013 and goes through September 27, 2013.  These 5 community events are for parents of newborns to 2nd grade who want to learn more about the gifted and talented program and/or private school admissions for nursery school through Kindergarten. Living in New York City is so awesome except when it comes to making a school selection for a small child. Let’s face it, the decisions we make today as parents will impact our child for the near and long term – up through adulthood!  No pressure!

If you want to attend any of these events just click here to register.