NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Does the NYC gifted and talented program pave way to the specialized high schools?
May 5, 2017, 5:19 pm
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The great debate continues! According to an article Chalk Beat getting your 4-year-old placed in a gifted program in kindergarten may lead the way for their future high school admissions into one of the NYC specialized high schools.

These schools include:

The gifted and talented program that spans all 5 boroughs for grades kindergarten through 5th grade only make up 30% of black or Hispanic students. Although, the overall student population for these two groups is 70%. This disparity is even more drastic as students enter into high school and take the SSHAT test for one of the specialized high schools. These schools only compromise 10% of black and Hispanic students.

Is the NYC G&T Program a “gateway drug” to the specialized high schools? It seems that out of 357 students who did attend citywide gifted middle schools from 2011 to 2015 that 1/3 of those were admitted to specialized high schools. When looking at the demographic information of those 357, 40% where of Asian or white and 14% were Hispanic or black students. ¬†Even high achieving students who are black or Hispanic are less likely to get a seat at a specialized high school. Granted, this is a non-scientific analysis and there could be other contributing factors in play. The takeaway is the breakdown seems to happen middle school. ¬†With 530 middle schools in the city 60% of 7th graders who went to a specialized school were from only 45 middle schools. Most of these 45 were specialized middle schools (code word for gifted and talented programs).



Newsweek Announces the Top High Schools In the Nation – Where’s Stuyvesant in New York City?

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Newsweek published America’s Best High Schools in the nation but Stuyvesant High School was no where to be found on the list? After a little poking around I found this statement on the Newsweek site explaining how schools made the best high school list: Continue reading