NYC school diversity panel recommends scrapping Gifted and Talented program for better integration

Aug 27, 2019 by

If city officials want to desegregate public schools, they should start by dropping the fast-track program for gifted elementary school kids, a city-appointed diversity panel recommended in a new report.

The School Diversity Advisory Group, commissioned by Mayor de Blasio in 2017 to tackle school segregation, said the popular program furthers racial and economic divisions by favoring families who can prepare their kids for a rigorous test at a young age.

City gifted programs “do not serve a 21st century educational mission and unfairly block educational opportunities for students who are Black, Latinx, low-income,” report authors wrote.

Gifted programs have long been a popular option for elementary school parents. Parents can sign up kids to take a standardized test starting at the age of four. Kindergartners who score above the 90th percentile get a spot at a district gifted program housed in a traditional elementary school, while those who make the 97th percentile get into a coveted citywide gifted program.

Source: NYC school diversity panel recommends scrapping Gifted and Talented program for better integration – New York Daily News

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