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NYC to End Gifted and Talented Test for Preschoolers After This Year

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NYC to End Gifted and Talented Test for Preschoolers After This Year

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This spring will be the last time New York City offers the Gifted and Talented (G&T) exam to 4-year-olds, as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to ease what he considers a racial disparity. The G&T program, which offers specialized instruction and enrichment opportunities for young learners deemed exceptional, admits students based on a single, high-stakes entrance exam. The de Blasio administration, over the past two years, has argued that the program’s admission format unfairly favors affluent white and Asian middle-class families who can afford thousands of dollars on test prep for their kids. De Blasio, who has been pushing to overhaul education programs he blames for deepening racial segregation, said Wednesday that the city will administer the G&T exam one last time, because many parents have been preparing their children for it. “At this point in the year, a lot of families had already prepared, they were counting …

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