New York City to End Preschooler Gifted Test After This Year

“One of those stakeholders is the advocacy group Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education, known as Place NYC. The group recently presented the DOE with an open letter that demands that the agency keep gifted programs in place with no changes, set a date for testing in the first three months of 2021 and provide admissions offers to families before the 2021-22 school year begins.

Place NYC warned that if the elementary-level gifted programs are drastically overhauled or abolished, families might move out of the city, switch their students to private schools, opt for the charter-school lottery or be forced to hire tutors. But “poor kids who need to be academically challenged will be hurt the most,” said co-president Yiatin Chu.”

On Wednesday, Ms. Chu said the fact that the test will be administered this spring is “a sigh of relief” for the droves of parents who had been waiting for the decision, but blamed Mayor de Blasio for the disparities that have led him and other critics to consider ending the testing.

“We recognize that we need to do more to expand the access to more students throughout New York City,” Ms. Chu said. “It is not representative of the diversity that we live in and that has been the fault of the mayor’s. The disparity is on him.”

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