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01-17-2012, 06:27 PM
From N.Y. Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-new-york/nyc-public-school-gifted-talented-testing-2012) by Alina Adams:

This weekend, I escorted my almost five year old daughter to take the New York City Gifted & Talented test.

Our appointment was for 9 AM, and all candidates were advised to arrive fifteen minutes early.

We did, and were ushered into a cafeteria, along with perhaps a dozen other families.

At 9:10 AM, we were directed to form a line and head upstairs, where parents and their children waited, standing in a corridor to register and be matched, one at a time, with a tester.

The entire process took over half-an-hour, which meant that, by the time some children finally went into their assigned rooms, they'd been waiting - bored, tired, possibly hungry or needing to go to the bathroom - for close to sixty minutes.

In contrast, I was informed by other parents that, in alternative locations, all of the teachers administering the test came out at the same time, found their assigned child and left with them simultaneously. And that registration had taken place at a separate table, earlier.

This difference in procedure already means that not all children were tested on a level playing field. (And this does not even take into account those who were tested at their local, pre-K program, by an adult who wasn't a stranger, in a room they were familiar with.)

On the other hand, I would like to compliment the staff at the test themselves, who were nothing but courteous, friendly, and respectful, not just to the children, but the parents, as well.

When one little boy balked at taking the test, they did everything they could to coax him back into the room and finish.

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