NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


NYC gifted and talented test results released

The NYC gifted and talented test results released!

It looks like overall the scores were consistent with previous years although 35% of the students who took the test and qualified did not receive placement. This is due to the shear volume of kids who take the test and make a qualifying score and the limited amount of seats for the gifted and talented program for district wide and city wide programs.

Here’s a quick rundown of how it panned out:

  • Over 2,000 pre-K students this year took the G&T test compared to last year for a total of 16,580 4-year-olds. Last year, 14,500 took the test.
  • District 2 has the smartest kids (if you go by the scores). This is the district in Manhattan that spans from downtown through Battery Park City, Tribeca, mid-town up through the Upper East Side. Must be something in the water that these kids always seem to score above and beyond the rest of the districts in the city. Over 45% of the kids taking the test in district two qualified for the gifted program. Once word is out the property values will skyrocket even higher!
  • This year, 7,442 students applied for a seat, compared to 8,220 students last year
  • 65.0 percent of applying kindergartners (2,366 students) received an offer for a seat, a decrease from 69.5 percent (2,507 students) last year
  • In total, 54.0 percent of applicants (4,018 students) received an offer, up from 53.4 percent of applicants (4,392 students) last year. The total amount of seats available is around 2,400 between all the district wide and citywide programs in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Bronx.
  • Many parents have questions how the test is scored. Learn more about how they score the OLSAT and NNAT-2 test for the NYC gifted and talented program.

 

 



Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island NYC Gifted and Talented Test Prep

Manhattan has been the mecca of the NYC Gifted and Talented test prep

Although, there is a high-demand for practice questions in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island Gifted and Talented Test Prep. And the Bronx is also seeing a slight increase in parents preparing their talented tots. Although Staten Island has 6 district wide programs for the G&T program there currently is no citywide program there and in the Bronx. Many parents use private tutors to help their child succeed on the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests while some use workbooks. The good news is there’s an online tool from Testing Mom that has tons of free practice questions for the NYC gifted and talented.

If you live in Queens, parents there are fighting the DOE to keep the policy of automatic admissions for middle school if the child is in the G&T program in elementary school. Here’s a quote from a mom who has a child attending the gifted and talented program in Queens:

Even in kindergarten, the homework workload is just over the top,” she said. “The kids who are there by fifth grade belong in the G&T program,” she added. “These kids work so hard.”

I suppose she’s inferring that other kids in non-G&T classroom don’t work hard and don’t deserve automatic placement like her darling child? Hmmmm. In my opinion, students applying to middle school should all be on the same playing field. If they are looking at state scores, report cards and teacher reports then shouldn’t G&T students already have an advantage? Seems that way to me.

Here’s the list of the gifted and talented citywide programs and any student who receives a qualifying score in any of the boroughs can apply to one of these very popular programs.

Borough

District

Location

School Name

Manhattan 1 Lower East Side New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math – NEST + M
Manhattan 3 Upper West Side The Anderson School
Manhattan 4 Far Upper East Side TAG Young Scholars 
Brooklyn 20 Bensonhurst Brooklyn School Of Inquiry
Queens 30 Flushing The 30th Avenue School


NYC Gifted and Talented Test Results

Last Friday, parents in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan received the NYC Gifted and Talented test results for their young children who took the exam this past January and February. Overall, the scores are in line with what we’ve seen in the past. Almost 36,000 kids pre-K to 2nd grade took the test this year and 30% of them made a qualifying score for the gifted program. According to the DOE, this up 5 percentage points from the previous year where only 25% received a qualified score.

Not happy with your child’s test score? Well, sorry folks. The DOE doesn’t allow any appeals once the test results are released. If there were issues at the testing site then it’s up to the parent to report those within 48 hours of when their child took the test. If you’re a parent who still wants to complaint and whine to the DOE about your child’s test score you can contact you may contact the Office of Assessment at 212-374-6646 or at servicecenter@schools.nyc.gov with questions about assessments. Or go visit them in person at 55 Chambers Street in Manhattan.

According to the DOE, there is a “comprehensive quality assurance process before the scores are released in which three independent entities confirm accuracy of the results”. Not sure what that means considering there is no further explanation of this quality assurance process. Who are these three independent entities?¬† Is one of them Pearson, the test publisher, who made horrendous scoring errors a few years ago that were only discovered after hundreds of parents questioned their child’s score?

 

nyc gifted talented test results

NYC Gifted and Talented Test Results for OLSAT and NNAT-2