Last week, City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. held a press conference demanding that the New York City Department of Education provide more Gifted & Talented seats in various underserved neighborhoods.
He told KingsCountyPolitics.com, "“I'm excited to have the partnership of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus – the largest caucus in the City Council who are now making this education inequity a priority."
Cornegy asserts that the DOE does not inform minority and underprivileged families about the test, which keeps local students from qualifying in high enough numbers to force the city to open a G&T program in their neighborhood. A DOE representative insisted that a mass mailing was done to all students, a fact that Cornegy disputes.
According to WNYC.org:
Black and Latino children account for more than two thirds of New York City public school students. But their representation in gifted and talented programs has declined from 27 percent in 2012 to 22 percent this year....(P)olitical leaders believe the city's Department of Education could do more to boost those numbers. They note that four of the city's 32 community school districts do not have any gifted and talented classes, and those districts are predominately low income people of color.
At the press conference, Cornegy urged families to sign up for the G&T test prior to the November 9 deadline.
But signing up isn't enough. Parents must also prep their children for the test, which will be given in January of 2016.
Karen Quinn, who literally wrote the book, "Testing for Kindergarten" (read our interview with her, here), is willing to do what the DOE won't. She is offering a FREE Seminar for NYC parents on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 6:30pm.
On the agenda are:
* The various tests given to children for gifted and talented programs in New York City and Hunter Elementary School Gifted Program
* High-level overview of the New York City G&T programs and process
* How to effectively prepare your child for testing without “prepping”
* Proven techniques to help your child feel confident going into a testing situation with a complete stranger
* How to help a shy child overcome testing anxiety
* How to help a rambunctious child sit through the entire test
* The differences between all the tests given in New York City
* What to expect on the big test day
* Learn all about the two tests given for NYC G&T: NNAT®-2 (Nagleiri® Non-verbal Abilities Test) and OLSAT®,
* Things you can do at home to help your child prepare for testing
* Live Q&A from audience
Register at this link.
Can't wait until November 12? (Especially since applications are due November 9?) Listen to an interview with Quinn, as well as with Taylor Kelly of Bright Kids, a test prep tutoring center, here.