With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Testing kids at age 3 in N.Y.

That's what Bloomber/Klein are doing in NY. Three & four-year-olds are being tested to see if they are "gifted." 
But any new test is unlikely to alleviate what many parents consider the most anxiety-producing part of the process — sending 4-year-olds into an exam that could decide their schooling for the next six years. In fact, the city may begin testing even earlier. (NYT)
It will be interesting to see the race/class breakdown of the "gifted" kids with the new tests. According to the Times:
While increasing diversity in the programs is an issue, education officials have been eager to dispel any suggestion that the gifted admissions process would somehow be diluted to promote it.

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