The gifted and talented tests that children take when they’re four years old will occur in April this year, but will no longer be given after that, the Department of Education said on Tuesday.
The controversial program is popular with Upper West Side parents. But it was seen as contributing to segregation.
“While the test will be scrapped next year, the future of the program is less clear; the DOE plans to spend the next year determining what it might look like through a community engagement process,” NY1 reported.
“For our youngest learners, we must move forward and develop a system that reimagines accelerated learning and enrichment,” NYC Department of Education spokeswoman Miranda Barbot told NY1. “At the same time, we want to honor the fact that families have been planning kindergarten admissions for many months now. We will develop new plans for identifying and serving exceptional students and release them for the next enrollment cycle.”
This is a developing story. We’ll have more on it as we get more information.