According to numbers released by the DOE and quoted here:
One thousand New York City schoolchildren scored in the 99th percentile on tests for the city's kindergarten gifted and talented programs, according to a new report.
Those students make up more than half of those who qualified for citywide gifted programs, by scoring in the 97th percentile or higher.
Meanwhile, there are about 300 seats citywide for these 2000 or so qualifiers.
Once a child qualifies into a New York City Gifted & Talented program, there is no retest required. Despite the report in Po Bronson's book, NurtureShock, that of those identified as gifted in Kindergarten (NYC's main entry point) only 27 percent still qualify, according to their test scores, by third grade.
(For the record, the makers of the tests themselves, strongly urge that their test never be the only factor used to determine whether a child qualifies for a gifted program. In NYC, it is the only factor used to determine whether a child qualifies for a gifted program. If the same standards were applied to testing a child for Special Education, NYC would be in violation of Federal law.)
In addition, from the ages of 3 to 10, two-thirds of children will see their IQ scores either drop or go up by more than 15 points. (This could be the difference between testing average/110 and gifted/125 - and it goes in both directions.) Unfortunately, those who might test gifted at an older age, are effectively locked out of the city's top G&T's.
Read Bronson's book for even more eye-opening research:
And tell us what you think: Should kids in G&T programs be retested every year to find out if they still qualify?
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