A lawsuit brought by four families argues that the city’s methodology is flawed when it comes to determining which children are eligible for gifted and talented programs.
For the second time in three weeks, Pearson apologized for errors made when scoring the test for admission to the city’s gifted and talented programs. The latest round of errors affects the eligibility of 146 test takers and changes the scores – but not the status – of 159 others. The deadline to apply to G&T programs has been extended, again.
News that even more children are eligible for gifted and talented seats was a relief to some parents, but many were angry at the testing company Pearson. And they worried that they’re still won’t be enough seats to meet the demand. join the conversation.
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.
The percentage of students who scored at the highest levels fell after the city changed part of the test for the gifted and talented programs. Just 921 test-takers scored at the 99th percentile compared to 1607 last year.
The Department of Education said it must restructure a popular middle school program for gifted students in Queens, in order to make room for more general education students down the road. The decision has infuriated many parents of both general education and G&T students, who say that the D.O.E. ignored their wishes and made changes to a program that no one asked for.
The city has scrapped a change in policy that would have taken away the sibling priority for children who test into gifted and talented programs. In other news, the Panel for Educational Policy is poised to approve seven more charter schools and the teachers union says it won’t continue to negotiate the details of a new teacher evaluation deal unless the chancellor clarifies how it will roll out in the schools.
Two parents argue against the city’s proposal to modify the current preference given to siblings who qualify for the most coveted gifted and talented programs. The proposal will be voted on Thursday by the Panel for Educational Policy.
Despite the storm’s disruption to the school-year calendar, the Department of Education is moving ahead with tests and meetings scheduled this month and next, beginning with the first Parent Academy workshops on Saturday.
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