UPDATED 6/1/15: Blue's Clues mom Traci Johnson has a new project! Yummiloo, a food adventure TV show designed to expose preschoolers to healthy eating through irresistible characters, stories and games, is raising money on Kickstarter to make a pilot of their hit app. Check it out and contribute, here!
Originally published 4/10/13
This weekend, NYC parents received the results of their child's Gifted & Talented tests. Those who scored above the 97th percentile are (in theory) eligible for placement in a citywide program, while those who scored above the 90th percentile can apply to their District one.
In previous years, so many children qualified that there weren't enough seats from them all. This year, the Department of Education changed the test, ostensibly so that children from under-served areas and low-income homes would have a better shot at scoring well.
The results, however, were eerily similar to previous years, as children from the Upper West and Upper East Sides continue to score the best, and areas of Brooklyn and the Bronx failed to qualify even a single student. As for the citywide schools, a few hundred less children did score in the 99th percentile this year, but still many more than there are seats.
For a complete breakdown of the results, visit Inside Schools.
And lest you think that this horrible process of applying a four year old to Kindergarten is any less brutal for a celebrity - and a children's celebrity, at that - check out what Traci Johnson, the creator and voice of Blue's Clues, had to say in a profile for Red Tricycle:
RT: With three sons, you’ve gone through the NYC school application process three times. What tips can you offer other parents?
TPJ: Know your child, do your research, and then trust the process. You’ll end up where you need to be. It might not be where you imagined or hoped your child would be, but in the city, there are so many equally good options. There are many ‘right’ places. Also, truthfully, no school is perfect; there are always trade-offs – even if your child is accepted into your top choice, your ‘dream school’. Finally, be realistic. Even though it’s incredibly time-consuming, apply to a number of schools, both private and public.
Traci's latest project, is an app to teach preschoolers about good eating habits. Check it out and read more of Traci's interview, here.
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