Absolutely NOT. A guarantee was made that my 122 children would matriculate into the middle school academy at 122. I made a choice based on that guarantee and it specifically included the fact that I wouldn't have to move her for middle school.
I have many other reasons why the answer is NO:
First, more tests completely stifle the "gifted and talented" learning that is supposed to be happening in these classrooms. Now imagine a fifth grade test for the middle school. I forecast anxiety, classroom time dedicated to preparing for it and a general change in the atmosphere--vying for seats and pressure because of it. That prep time comes at a precious price. I don't want a child who only knows how to take a test. That isn't why I put my daughter into the G&T at 122.
Second, a one shot test should not have the ability to oust a child from the academy who has worked for 6 years, maintained excellent grades and behavior since kindergarten. Kids have bad days. What if that test day is one of them? You mean to tell me that despite their academic record they would get booted? Who said that a test is a good proxy of their "giftedness" when there is an academic record to go on. In kindergarten really no one has anything other than the test, but for middle school these kids will have been put to the challenge and either risen or not. The school has a probationary process for those kids who are not meeting the expectations.
Third, let's not ignore the elephant in the room - there was an increase in the number of children testing into the G&T classes and there are less resources as a result of our poor economy. The inevitable is that there are less seats in the middle school than children who will want to fill them. BUT the solution is not a test that cuts out children who were already promised something - that's just not right. The right answer is to open up an excellent, competitive G&T middle school nearby with G&T certified teachers. That way all of the G&T kids can be treated fairly across the board. A test reduces the number of seats depending on the cutoff. MORE SEATS means a better education for all of the children whose parents made their choice based on an expectation. I am more than positive that there are enough parents that would be willing to help make this happen.
Finally, this is about the children!! What are they getting from this decision? How is this decision benefitting any of them? It isn't. A gifted & talented education should be enriching and challenging. Open up more EQUAL seats. Don't try to give parents and children the short end of the stick, the DOE must do better.