NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


NYC dept of ed urging renewal of Pearson contract for exams

Well, it looks like the NYC dept of ed is urging the renewal of the Pearson contract for $13.4M. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Pearson is the creator of standardized testing as we know it today and has a solid hold on the testing market across the nation within the public school system. According to the Wall Street Journal, this $13.4 would be a 6 year deal with the NYC dept of education.  This particular contract focuses on the entrance exams into the NYC specialized high schools like Stuyvesant High School, Bronx Science, Brooklyn tech and a few more. These specialized high schools are code-word for gifted and talented but I suppose it stings less to parents and students if their child isn’t admitted into one of these top high schools in the city. The admission process for these specialized high school doesn’t come without it’s critics, whom have reason to be critical since the admission process for these programs is based solely on the test with zero regarding to student performance in middle school. By the time a student reaches high school there’s a proven track record of their work from elementary through middle school. Although the test should be considered as part of the admissions process it doesn’t seem fair to the student or the high school that entry be based solely upon the test to receive a coveted seats at any of these prestegious high schools (especially Stuyvesant and Bronx Science).  Schools like Stuyvesant have a predominately Asian and white student body which isn’t a true reflection of the diversity of New York City. Even though many claim the diversity is seen through socio-economic status since many students at these top high schools do qualify for the free lunch programs.

Although this doesn’t have a direct impact on the NYC gifted and talented testing, keep in mind that Pearson (coincidentally, wink-wink!) is the publisher of the NNAT-2 test and OLSAT test that are given to pre-K to 2nd grades for entry into the very popular gifted and talented program.  We’ll see what happens with the NYC G&T test contract is up and if Pearson renews again. If you want to take a look at some of the practice questions you can get free ones at Testing Mom.



Four new gifted and talented programs won’t use OLSAT or NNAT tests
August 23, 2016, 4:25 pm
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No preparing for the OLSAT and NNAT tests for these schools

Kids in four districts won’t have to worry about any prepping this year. There are four new gifted and talented programs what won’t use the OLSAT or the NNAT-2 tests for admissions into the coveted program.  The four new programs will have their first entry point into the third grade (not kindergarten like the rest of the G&T programs sprinkled across the city). The four programs are launching in districts that currently have no gifted programs so the city now can boast that every school district across the city does now have a G&T program for students.

Here’s the list of the new third grade G&T classes:

  • South Bronx District 7
  • Crotona Park District 12
  • Bed-Stuy District 16
  • Ocean Hill/Brownsville’s District 23

The DOE will admit students to these four programs based upon a variety of measures like academic performance in K to 2nd grade, attendance, fast learner, highly curious and motivated. It sounds like some of these are objective while other measures are pure subjective based upon a teacher’s opinion.

If you’re not one of the lucky ones living near these schools make sure you start preparing for the upcoming NYC Gifted and Talented test with free practice questions at Testing Mom.



ELA and math state scores arrive

New York State ELA and math state scores arrive to parents and students! Overall, progress has been made on both fronts of the common core tests given to third through eight graders across the state and in New York City. Here’s a quick breakdown from DNA Info:

  • Astoria school state test scores among the highest in the city
  • Three north Brooklyn schools see massive jump in state test scores – PS 147 Isaac Remsen, Brooklyn Arbor Elementary and PS 120 Carlos Tapia
  • Clinton HIll’s PS 11 produced the highest scores in district 13
  • South Bronx school Concourse Village Elementary School was #1 within District 7 with 93.8 passing ELA and 98% passing the math.
  • In Lower Manhattan PS 234 and PS 150 – both in Tribeca held top spots downtown
  • Park Slope PS 295 jumped to 56% in 2016 vs. 43% in 2015 for ELA
  • NEST Gifted and Talented garnered the top score in District 1
  • Anderson School on the UWS earned first place in District 3
  • In Staten Island 44% percent of students were proficient in ELA this year, an 18 percent increase from last year
  • Crown Heights saw big jumps in math and English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency, but still lag behind average scores in statewide standardized test
  • In Forest Hills, P.S. 303 distinguished itself as the school with the highest state exam scores in its Queens district

Need practice questions for ELA and math? Testing Mom has tons of good stuff. Remember that 4th grade is the year that counts for the state tests for middle school applications!