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Cancel the Gifted and Talented Test Now, Not Next Year; by Leonie Haimson: Class Size Matters

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This explains why the NYC DOE should cancel the "gifted" tests immediately; now and forever. It makes no sense to continue this invalid, unreliable and biased exam, especially in the midst of a pandemic and the prospect of steep budget cuts to schools. The contract renewal will cost $1.7M, which doesn't even include the considerable but undisclosed cost of administering this test one-on-one to kids as young as four-year-old. Read the abysmal record of Pearson, the corporation that produces the test. The renewal for the gifted test will be voted on next Wed., January 27 by the Panel for Educational Policy. Those who would like to speak on the proposal can register here, starting at 5:30 PM.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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