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theschoolboards
11-08-2010, 09:11 AM
This from the New York Post (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/can_twin_em_all_BH3Qqd1caaCZlUxvjIgg4M) by Ginger Adams Otis:
Timing is everything, even when you're 4 years old.

Two Upper East Side identical twins who got exactly the same raw scores on the exam that determines admissions into Manhattan's elite kindergartens ended up six points apart in the final tallies. The result meant that one boy got into a posh school, and the other was wait-listed.

The twins took the exam, called the ERB, in September 2009 and got the same number of questions right in all sections.

Their final scores for verbal skills, performance and speed were exactly the same, said Suzanne Rheault, CEO of Aristotle Circle, a company that helps parents prepare their kids for the 45-minute exam.

But one twin's scaled score was 100 -- landing him three points above the coveted 95th-percentile rank that is the unofficial admissions cut-off in the competitive world of Manhattan private schools.

The other twin's score was scaled to 91 -- which put him three points below the 95th percentile.

The only difference was the date the two brothers took the test. The higher-scoring twin took his exam just days before his fifth birthday. The lower-scoring twin took his exam a week later, a few days after his fifth birthday.

What the family didn't know was that in that week, the "norming" period used by test-makers to compare results among kids of similar ages had changed -- as it does every three months.

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