N.Y.C. schools will replace the gifted and talented admissions exam with a lottery this year.
New York City’s process for gifting young people and children will change this year, due to disruption due to epidemics and growing opposition High stakes test The city has used 4-year-olds to evaluate them.
For this year only, families of children interested in gift programs will be enrolled in a random lottery in May – but only after that their children are recommended to the programs by their preschool teachers. Students who have not been enrolled in prekindergarten may apply for a virtual interview with an education specialist to determine eligibility. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that this year’s admissions process is a stopgap solution, and he has promised to come up with a long-term plan on admissions gifted before leaving office in January 2022.
Weeks after New York City announced uncertainty about how children would be accepted into gift-giving events amid the epidemic. Earlier this year, Mr. de Blasio said he would offer the gifted exam for just one more year to avoid parental dissolution. But an educational panel that usually serves as a rubber stamp for the mayor turned down His plan to renew the gift test contract for a final year. Left City Hall to find another temporary solution.
But it was all but inevitable that the city would eventually end the trial, which has been granted for the past 15 years. The test has been widely criticized by experts, including several proponents of gifted education, who have stated that single exams given to young children are not the appropriate method for intellectual gift giving. The exam is usually given in January for classes that begin the fall.
The deeper issue of how or whether the talented sections of the city should continue is much more controversial and complex, And present a major challenge for the next mayor. Gifted education is a third-rail political issue in New York City, as the programs are clearly unproven with the overall system. While Black and Latino students make up about 70 percent of the district, they represent only about a quarter of children in gifted programs.