NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


PS 33 Chelsea Prep and National Dance Institute
May 19, 2014, 7:45 pm
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PS 33 Chelsea Prep and National Dance Institute (NDI) performed an amazing show at PS 33.  The show had a China theme and all the children in 4th grade participated (both general ed and G&T).  In case you’re not familiar with the National Dance Institute (NDI) it’s a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 by NYC Ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence and by what I witnessed in this program I’d have to agree!  NDI gives access to professional artists to the children of PS 33 to help them develop and prepare the show for the students at the school along with the parents. NDI not only inspires the kids at PS 33 but thousands of children each year in schools throughout New York City!  PS 33 has partnered with this wonderful organization since 2006 with the support from all the teachers, staff, parents and students from Chelsea Prep! Most of all with the support of the wonderful principal Mrs. Lindy who has nurtured the relationship with NDI to the point where it’s at today! Below are some photos of the performance at PS 33 Chelsea Prep including the gifted and talented students.

 

 

The fourth grade classes at PS 33 perform with the guidance and direction with the folks from NDI!

The fourth grade classes at PS 33 perform with the guidance and direction with the folks from NDI!

 

PS 33 Chelsea Prep principal Mrs. Lindy gives accolades to NDI for all the gracious help they give the students at PS 33.

PS 33 Chelsea Prep principal Mrs. Lindy gives accolades to NDI for all the gracious help they give the students at PS 33.

 

The fourth grade gifted and talented class rocks the stage at the NDI show!

The fourth grade gifted and talented class rocks the stage at the NDI show!



PS 33 Chelsea Prep Wins at National Chess Championship in Dallas
May 15, 2014, 10:37 am
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Congrats to all the amazing chess players at Chelsea Prep! After a long flight PS 33 Chelsea Pep wins at National Chess Championship in Dallas last weekend. The team placed 10th in the entire US! The team spirit was strong and Chelsea Prep pride was represented by all who made the trip to Dallas.  The students at PS 33 learned chess from Chess NYC and the coach, Russell Makofsky, inspired the kids each and every chess lesson to perform at this level .

The huge trophy won by the kids from PS 33 at the chess tournament in Dallas! Congrats to everyone!

The huge trophy won by the kids from PS 33 at the chess tournament in Dallas! Congrats to everyone!

 

PS 33 Chelsea Prep with Coach Russ getting pumped up before the chess tournament begins.

PS 33 Chelsea Prep with Coach Russ getting pumped up before the chess tournament begins.

 

While PS 33 continues to enjoy introduction to chess in classrooms and we can now see firsthand the fruits of the labor of principal, Mrs. Lindy. providing such exceptional activities to the gifted and talented students at PS 33!



NYC gifted and talented test scores released with surprises

Well, a few weeks ago the NYC gifted and talented test scores released with surprises for parents! It looks like only 25% of the students scored to quality for a district and/or citywide seat for next year’s G&T program. This is much lower than the 34% that qualified last year so it seems that the kids in NYC who took the test this year aren’t as smart as the ones from last year. Although, 25% of students qualifying is a hefty percentage. According to the chart below it does seem the districts that have mostly non-English speaking children scored lower than in previous years. This could be due to the change this year for the 50/50 split between the OLSAT test and the NNAT-2 test. Last year it was a 35/65 split. So, it seems the verbal portion of the OLSAT tricked the talented tots. According to this NY Times article there seems to be a bias toward English only households in the scores for the OLSAT test.  Even with the lower percentage of students qualifying for a G&T seat there still aren’t enough seats folks, although the odds this year are much better than last.  When the official acceptance letters come out in a few weeks that’s when the numbers will tell the complete story and if the NYC dept. of ed. adds more seats.

 

Here's the breakdown by district for NYC gifted and talented test scores. This compares scores from 2013 to 2014 and the percentage of increase/decrease.

Here’s the breakdown by district for NYC gifted and talented test scores. This compares scores from 2013 to 2014 and the percentage of increase/decrease.