New York City’s Department of Education said children will be admitted to elementary school gifted-and-talented programs this year by lottery based on letters of recommendations from preschool teachers, instead of standardized testing.
Under the change, prompted by the interruption of the pandemic and concerns about racial disparities, teacher-recommended preschoolers will be enrolled in the lottery in May.
Then, the DOE will go through “an intensive public-engagement process” in the spring and the summer to determine the future of gifted-and-talented testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said.
The change announced on Wednesday follows weeks of uncertainty about the program’s future, admissions schedule and methodology.
The program admits students in kindergarten, and students can remain enrolled through as long as the eighth grade, depending on the school.
Source: WSJ – US News