Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: nnat-2 test, nyc gifted talented test scores, OLSAT test
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.
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