Filed under: PS 33 chelsea prep | Tags: nyc gifted talented, ps 33, PS 33 Chelsea Prep
It’s back to school at PS 33 Chelsea Prep gifted and talented. The first day of school started out with beautiful summer weather with blue skies and sunny all day long. I could easily identify the first time parents to the school as they coddled their talented tots before they entered the school cafeteria prior to the school bell ringing. Overall, the day was uneventful with no drama from parents or students so that’s a good sign of the things to come for the upcoming school year at PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Here are a few photos from the first day of school on September 4, 2014 from PS 33 gifted and talented program in New York City. After school tons of kids rush home with their parents to log-in to TestingMom.com to get tons of skills building activities for gifted and talented students.
Of course, the PTA of course is now in full swing hounding parents with constant email communications to donate money (aka begging). I find it interesting that all their emails contain subject lines with ALL CAPS. I suppose whomever writes the emails didn’t get the memo about not using ALL CAPS as it means you are SHOUTING at the recipient of the email but this might be a good fund raising technique. I suppose it’s all going at good cause so writing my check now!
Filed under: common core test, nnat test, OLSAT Test | Tags: anderson school, common core test results, Lower Lab, nest school
Well, it’s not gifted and talented but it might as well be! The New York state common core test results were released last week! And guess what? Only one-third of the students in the entire state passed the test and a little less for the city of New York. This is slightly above last year but still a very low percentage of the students passing.
Here’s a quote from Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch (for the state of New York)
“Statewide, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above in math rose from 31.2 to 35.8 across all grades combined.”
State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said:
“The percentage of students scoring at the partial proficiency level and above also rose in math, from 66.9 to 69.6 percent.”
In English Language Arts (ELA), the percentage of New York students scoring at the proficient level rose one-tenth of a percent, from 31.3 to 31.4 percent, across all grades combined (3rd through 8th grade).
So, what does this have to do with the OLSAT test and the NNAT-2 test for the New York City Gifted and Talented Program. I suppose nothing directly but it is interesting to see how the dreaded “common core” has become a thorn in the side of so many schools, teachers and principals. On the flip side, some of the G&T programs in NYC scored extremely well on the common core test. Here are the test scores for Anderson, Lower Lab and NEST. All three of these programs have an entire student population gifted and talented. It seems the staff, principals and teachers at these three schools were conspicuously silent when it came to the protest from teachers and principals earlier this school year when it came to the common core. Maybe because their students did so incredibly well on these very difficult tests? Maybe the lower performing schools within NYC should take note and realize that having practically every student pass the common core test is possible.
Click on images below to enlarge. Please note, 4 is the highest score and any score of 3 or 4 is considered passing. 1 or 2 is below average or failing.
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