NYC Will Use Teacher Interviews Of 4-Year-Olds For Gifted & Talented Program Admissions

“A spokesperson for PLACE, an education advocacy group that supports gifted programs while also expanding their admissions criteria, called the move a “good stopgap” as the city reconsiders screened schools altogether.

“On the one hand, an objective test is preferable because we don’t have to worry about things like teacher bias, or the fact that kids are remote and on Zoom, and how is the teacher going to be able to make an appropriate assessment of a child?” said Deborah Alexander of Queens, who also sits on the Community Education Council for District 30.

“We’re pleased that they are providing some sort of assessment, and an acknowledgement that this is not a program for every child. It is not an educational setting environment for every child,” Alexander added.”

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