When the New York City Education Department announced that it was changing part of its admissions exam for its gifted and talented programs last year, in part to combat the influence of test preparation companies, one of those companies posted the news with links to guides and practice tests for the new assessment.
The day that Pearson, a company that designs assessments, announced that it was changing an exam used by many New York City private schools, another test prep company attempted to decipher the coming changes on its blog: word reasoning and picture comprehension were out, bug search and animal coding were in.
New York City education officials are rolling out several changes to the admissions process for gifted programs as they confront an explosion in the number of children qualifying for seats.
But none have created quite as much furor as the new policy that could send Rachel Fremmer’s daughters to different schools. “How does it benefit the schools to have parents’ time and money split between different schools?” said Ms. Fremmer, who has a 7-year-old daughter in the second-grade gifted program at P. S. 163, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and a 4-year-old daughter in preschool hoping to enroll there next year.
The new gifted and talented test isn’t just tough for 4-year-olds — it’s also stumping their parents.
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test — which preschoolers have to ace to win one of the city’s coveted public gifted and talented kindergarten seats for fall 2013 — quizzes kids on their spatial reasoning skills, asking them to analyze complex geometrical patterns.
All across the city, the Tiger Moms (the Tiger Dads, too) are awakening. It’s Gifted and Talented testing season, and the stakes have never been higher.
If you don’t have a child or plans for one, you can stop reading here. If you are fortunate enough to be able to shell out $30,000+ every year for private school, go back to your Hamptons house listings.
Gifted and talented application season has begun — and a new, harder admissions test could make it tougher than ever for kids to win a seat.
This year, 4-year-olds who hope to get into one of the elite public kindergarten programs will have to ace a spatial reasoning exam called the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, which experts say is harder to prepare for than the tests used in previous years.
A new test for admission into New York City’s gifted and talented program will account for the bulk of a student’s score, upending a testing regime that a growing number of children had appeared to master.
The high-stakes test that determines which 4-year-olds get into the city’s gifted and talented program is about to get even harder — which means fewer kids may qualify for the sought-after public school seats in the future, experts say.
As their parents sat anxiously in a waiting room, five children were sharpening their test-taking skills in a tutoring center in TriBeCa, underlining words that might hold clues to the answers and crossing off the illogical multiple-choice options intended to trip them up. For homework, there were more practice problems.
How far would you go to get your child into one of the best public schools in the country? Would you spend thousands of dollars? Give up your weekend? Well, tonight we show you three families who did just that. Desperate to get their 4-year-olds into a Kindergarten for gifted kids.
Stressed parents, squirming kids, expensive prepping for standardized tests — welcome to the world of applying to kindergarten.
Yes, kindergarten. Thousands of 4-year-olds across the country spend an hour every Saturday or Sunday, sometimes both, with a tutor who helps them with analogies, comprehension and pattern-recognition.
It is by now documented fact that winning admission to a New York City private school, or getting into one of the city’s public gifted-and-talented programs, or even securing a spot at a popular neighborhood public school, is no fun. It takes time, epic organizational skills and a load of cash if you choose to prepare your children for whatever battery of tests they will have to face.
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Eighty percent of students in the Bright Kids NYC 2011 ELA/Math pilot program scored 4′s on both sections of the state exams. Marking this success, they will be expanding the number of spots available in their 2012 State Test Prep Bootcamps.
Last year, 14,088 4-year-olds took the gifted and talented entrance test. Under the city’s rules, all those who scored above the 90th percentile were eligible for seats in their district’s gifted and talented programs.
New York State math and language arts tests for elementary and middle school students will each be lengthened to about three hours beginning this April.
Top-rated children’s test preparation publisher Bright Kids NYC expands impressive library to provide the only comprehensive OLSAT® Preparation Guide for 4th through 9th grade entry on the market, while landscape of Gifted and Talented entry becomes increasingly more competitive.
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Increased competition to get into the top Gifted and Talented Programs requires that children are prepared with the best OLSAT books and materials available. Last year, in New York City alone, over 15,000 children took the OLSAT test in hope to qualify for a few hundred seats in the city’s top Gifted and Talented programs. Bright Kids NYC releases the best OLSAT test preparation book and guide available to date.
Test preparation has long been a big business catering to students taking SATs and admissions exams for law, medical and other graduate schools. But the new clientele is quite a bit younger: 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents hope that a little assistance — costing upward of $1,000 for several sessions — will help them win coveted spots in the city’s gifted and talented public kindergarten classes.