The Handbook on Gifted and Talented Testing put out by the NYC Department of Education for 2009-2010 offers the following question:
In which language would you like your child to be tested? (Select one only.)
ˆ English ˆ Arabic ˆ Bengali ˆ Cantonese ˆ Mandarin ˆ Haitian Creole ˆ Korean ˆ Russian ˆ Spanish ˆUrdu
But what, exactly, is the point of this, if there are no Gifted and Talented programs offered for native speakers of the above languages?
If a child isn't fluent enough in English to take the G&T test in that language, how will they be fluent enough to keep up with a G&T's allegedly enriched curriculum?
PS 163 on the Upper West Side, for one, used to offer a dual-language English/Spanish G&T class. However, with the program's citywide standardization, that option was phased out for incoming grades.
PS 200 in Brooklyn has a gifted program for Russian speakers, but what good does it do qualified kids in Queens?
PS 84 offers dual languages French and Spanish classes, as do many other schools, but those are general ed, not gifted programs.
PS 184 has a dual language curriculum for Mandarin but, again, it's a general ed school.
PS 32 in Flushing offers Korean, but no G&T.
As someone who didn't speak English until the age of seven, I have no doubt that any child is capable of catching up and, eventually, ending up qualified for an English-only gifted program. But not before they're ready to so much as take the test for it!
(The above overview refers exclusively to the elementary school level. High-schools offer a wide variety of language instruction.)