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Inside the Test Prep Industry for NYC Gifted Programs

Monday, June 09, 2014

Families have until June 9 to register for a seat in one of the city's gifted programs. To get this far in the process, many families started at the same place: A test prep center where tutors coax their little students to focus, focus, focus. 

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Opinion: Five Ways to Improve Gifted Programs in NYC Schools

Friday, April 11, 2014

The program for super bright kids has a few dumb problems, like having just a fraction of seats available (300) for all the incoming kindergarten students deemed "gifted" (1,908). Two veteran parents offer ideas to make G&T smarter.

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Q&A on Online Kindergarten Admissions

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's a change that was supposed to be greeted with cheers: allowing kindergarten applications to be completed online, instead of having to show up in person at each school. But the plan is being met with skepticism and concerns about equity -- as well as some cheers.

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Vote on Queens G&T Program Divides Parents

Friday, June 21, 2013

During the final meeting of the school year for the Panel for Education Policy, members voted to approve a new citywide Gifted and Talented school in two separate locations in Queens, but the transition phase will take longer than many parents wanted.

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Quinn Challenges Bloomberg to Expand G&T

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

The City Council speaker and Democratic candidate for mayor said she wants to add more gifted and talented seats and find ways to enroll more Black and Latino students in the city's elite programs.

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Revised Results Show Rise in 'Gifted' Students

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The percentage of students who qualified for the city's gifted and talented programs increased this year, as did the number of students who scored in the 99th percentile. The Department of Education released new numbers following a scoring error by Pearson last month.

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Pearson Admits to G&T Scoring Gaffe; Deadline Pushed to May 10

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thanks to two parents who spotted problems with the gifted and talented scores, Pearson admitted it made major mistakes denying some students eligibility to the coveted programs. Education officials say they'll contact all affected families in the next 24 hours, and the deadline for applications has been pushed back to May 10.

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DOE Abandons Plan for Queens G&T Program

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Education officials are no longer pursuing a plan to change a middle school program for gifted and talented students at P.S. 122 in Queens. The reversal comes after District 30 parents of both G&T; and general education students fought the proposal.

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Kindergarten Placements in the Mail

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WNYC

Families applying to Kindergarten will hear this week where their little ones are attending. Notices were put in the mail today.

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Why NYC Should Make Diversity a School Choice

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Researchers at Teacher's College said New York City has failed to create diverse schools that would attract well-off white families seeking integrated classrooms.

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Author: Let's Do More For Top Students

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chester Finn Jr., a former assistant secretary of education and co-author of "Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective High Schools," says he wishes more could be done for the country's brightest students before they hit the ninth grade.

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City Replaces One of the Required G&T Tests

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

New York City is changing the way children are tested for gifted and talented programs in its public schools this winter. It's replacing one of the two exams with another that the Department of Education says will level the playing field for children of different languages and cultures.

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Admissions Letters for Gifted and Talented Programs Go Out

Friday, May 25, 2012

New York's youngest public school students began hearing on Friday whether they received admission to one of 89 gifted and talented programs throughout the city.

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Testing Takes Its Toll on Special Needs Students

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It has been a challenging week for many third- through eighth-grade public school students in New York City, as they have started their days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the federally mandated English Language Arts exams. But as Gotham Schools reported on Wednesday, the week has been especially challenging for some students with special needs.

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Testing, Tutoring and Worrying Occupy City School Parents

Monday, April 16, 2012

Testing, striving and tutoring are very much in the news on this warm April day, the first back from spring break for public school students and staff. The New York Times has a report about the rise in tutoring for elementary school students, in preparation for the standardized exams, which begin this week. The results of the gifted and talented testing are in. And there is worry about graduation rates now that senior have to pass five Regents exams to earn their diplomas.

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School Admissions? Even the Experts Are Overwhelmed

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feeling overwhelmed by the search for a school for your young child? An expert in test preparation shares your pain.

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