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    G&T vs progressive ed

    Hi there,
    Do you guys have any opinion on progressive education and what you would prefer g&t or progressive ed? My kid is in a nice progressive opt out school in pre-k. People seem to love the school but I am concerned about middle school admission. I have a feeling that it is more about nice (really nice) community rather than education.
    Then we got an offer to a district g&t school with a much better commute for us. People also love this school but test scores are pretty average. Somehow I expect kids in g&t classes to be more motivated and I think it is important. But maybe I am wrong?
    Could you please share your opinions on progressive vs g&t? I need to pick someone's brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiall View Post
    Hi there,
    Do you guys have any opinion on progressive education and what you would prefer g&t or progressive ed? My kid is in a nice progressive opt out school in pre-k. People seem to love the school but I am concerned about middle school admission. I have a feeling that it is more about nice (really nice) community rather than education.
    Then we got an offer to a district g&t school with a much better commute for us. People also love this school but test scores are pretty average. Somehow I expect kids in g&t classes to be more motivated and I think it is important. But maybe I am wrong?
    Could you please share your opinions on progressive vs g&t? I need to pick someone's brain.
    No idea what school you're considering or district you're in. But when you're looking at the district G&T's scores, are you looking at the entire school's scores or just the G&T classes? The score data from the DOE combines gen-ed and G&T so you get the entire school in one giant blob, and there's no great way to break G&T out (other threads discuss this issue). You need to speak with school staff and G&T parents to find out about the G&T kids typical scores, and it's mostly going to be anecdotal rather than deep, detailed data. If you've done that and you have heard this G&T program's scores are just average... that would surprise me, I guess. And I would wonder what's going on with that program a bit -- most district G&T's I looked into said their kids typically get 4's on the ELA and Math exams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pick12lotto View Post
    No idea what school you're considering or district you're in. But when you're looking at the district G&T's scores, are you looking at the entire school's scores or just the G&T classes? The score data from the DOE combines gen-ed and G&T so you get the entire school in one giant blob, and there's no great way to break G&T out (other threads discuss this issue). You need to speak with school staff and G&T parents to find out about the G&T kids typical scores, and it's mostly going to be anecdotal rather than deep, detailed data. If you've done that and you have heard this G&T program's scores are just average... that would surprise me, I guess. And I would wonder what's going on with that program a bit -- most district G&T's I looked into said their kids typically get 4's on the ELA and Math exams.
    I didn’t find any information on gnt class test scores so I meant the entire school test scores. Overall I got good feedback on the school but as far as I understand their gen ed and gnt programs are pretty similar so I didn’t expect big difference in test scores. Am I wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiall View Post
    I didnít find any information on gnt class test scores so I meant the entire school test scores. Overall I got good feedback on the school but as far as I understand their gen ed and gnt programs are pretty similar so I didnít expect big difference in test scores. Am I wrong?
    I would guess that you may be. Talk to parents or school staff and ask. I think even at the district G&Ts I went to where the message was G&T and GenEd are similar (PS11 being the example that comes to mind, but there were others), when asked, the answer was that yes, G&T scores are higher and usually are 4ís. Dig a little and you may find similar with your situation.

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