Streams

Education Advocates Decry Lack of Minority Students in Gifted Programs

Friday, October 31, 2008

Education advocates are telling the Bloomberg administration, "I told you so." They say they warned education officials that mandating one standardized test across the city would lead to lower minority enrollment in the gifted and talented programs.

Leonie Haimson, of the group "Class Size Matters," says the city needs to go back to the old system where school districts would set standards.

HAIMSON: Kids come in lots of different shapes and sizes, kids come from lots of different backgrounds and the same kid can perform very differently on a different day and so you don't make these decisions based upon these rigid benchmarks.

REPORTER: But a Department of Education spokesman says that method is unfair because there's no consistent standard, and some districts would reflect no diversity in their programs.

The report also showed that overall enrollment in gifted programs dropped by 50 percent.

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by