Is your child gifted?
If they live on the Upper West Side or the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the odds are pretty good that they are. In those two neighborhoods - and a few others - almost 50% of the children scored in the top 10% on the Gifted & Talented test given by New York City. (Those who are gifted in math can have a lot of fun trying to make those numbers work out.)
According to the instruction manual, Getting Into NYC Kindergarten:
New York City is overrun with Gifted & Talented children. (Otherwise known as middle-class offspring of college-educated parents.) In 2013, so many children qualified for so few seats that a group of parents sued the city. They lost.
So how does a child become classified Gifted & Talented in NYC? By taking a test. This test has changed through the years, both as a result of scoring errors, and because the city keeps searching for the magic bullet that will allow more Black and Hispanic students to qualify.
“The New York Times,” just like clockwork, annually expresses their shock that G&T Kindergartens are majority white, with a few Asians.
Interestingly enough, the NYT also writes an annual article expressing their shock that the majority of students in NYC’s specialized high-schools are Asian.
It does make you wonder about the added value of an elementary school G&T program, if those who didn’t get into them still manage to secure spots at NYC’s top high-schools over those who did. (For the record, many immigrant students in non-G&T programs begin prepping for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test at cram schools starting in 3rd grade, because they know the material they’ll be tested on isn’t taught at their school.)
So is your child gifted?
Karen Quinn, author of Testing for NYC Kindergarten is hosting a FREE webinar, How to Bring out the Giftedness in Your Child, today, Friday, June 26, at 10 am, where she will cover such topics as:
* What does it mean to be gifted?
* How does a parent identify giftedness?
* What are the qualities and attributes of a gifted child?
* What is twice exceptional gifteness mean?
* Do all gifted kids score in the gifted range if they take an IQ test?
* Are gifted kids more likely to successful in life?
* So why would you get your child tested?
Hurry up and register for your spot ASAP, here.
Just for attending the webinar you'll receive a copy of Karen's e-book, The Testing Survival Guide or Kindergarten Readiness Survival Guide absolutely FREE!
So what are you waiting for?