After nixing gifted and talented test, New York City awards seats to 4-year-olds based on educator nominations
Roughly one out of every five 4-year-olds who applied for kindergarten seats in New York City’s gifted and talented program received a spot, according to preliminary data the education department released Tuesday.
The charged debate over these sought-after classes came to a head this year as officials were forced to abandon the test typically given to preschoolers for entry. Instead, this year’s incoming kindergartners were offered seats through a nomination and lottery process.
The G&T test, widely criticized for being given to such young children, is often seen as driving segregation in the program. Last school year, gifted classes enrolled just 14% of Black and Latino students, even though they make up nearly 60% of all kindergartners. At the same time, nearly 80% of seats went to Asian and white students, despite those children making up about 40% of last year’s kindergartners.
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