Gifted and Talented 2021-22 School Year Admissions

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NEW YORK:___Last month, we announced an equitable and long-term path for Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs in New York City starting next school year, with the intention of administering the Pearson-contracted test one last time. The Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) did not approve the contract and following their decision, we are sharing with families the admissions process for G&T programs this school year. Our focus continues to be on maintaining stability for families this year, while beginning the community engagement process that will lead to a more permanent plan to reform the system.

Our plan this year will involve families and educators identifying students for accelerated learning and does not involve administering a test to our youngest learners. Starting March 8, families will have the opportunity to formally express interest in enrolling their child in a kindergarten G&T program. Educators from an interested family’s pre-K school or program will then complete a questionnaire to determine if the child is eligible to enter a randomized lottery for a G&T seat. Siblings of students in schools with G&T programs will have priority for admission, consistent with previous policies.

If the child is not enrolled in a Pre-K for All program, families will be encouraged to sign up for a seat and if they enroll, their new program will complete the questionnaire based on a short remote interview. If a family does not sign up for pre-K then the DOE’s Early Childhood team will complete the questionnaire based on a short remote interview. Beginning mid-May, all eligible families will receive notification and then enter a randomized lottery. Families will receive offers this summer ahead of the fall of 2021. We remain committed to finding a fairer and more equitable way forward to identify and meet the needs of students who would benefit from accelerated learning and enrichment, informed by a citywide engagement plan. We believe deeply that widescale changes are needed to address the racial disparities in who has access to G&T programs and look forward to a long-term transformation.

Every year on average, there are a combined 2,500 kindergarten seats for 15,000 applicants, and approximately ~65K rising kindergarteners across the City.  The demographics of kindergarten G&T programs compared to all kindergarteners can be found below:

2019-20 Enrollment

Asian

Black

Hispanic

White

Other

SWD

ELL

FRL

All Kindergarteners

20%

17%

40%

20%

4%

16%

21%

69%

All Kindergarteners in G&T  

43%

6%

8%

36%

7%

3%

10%

28%

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