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The city will soon announce a new Gifted and Talented admissions process for next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
Officials were forced to devise a fresh system after a city education panel voted against a contract to administer an admissions exam one last time.
“We do want to make sure that families that were counting on the opportunity for the next school year will have that opportunity,” de Blasio at his daily briefing.
While some city parents demanded the reinstatement of the test by some alternate means, de Blasio confirmed that the exam would not be held.
“No, it’s going to be a different approach and we’ll announce it next week,” he said. “But as I’ve also said, between now and September, we’re going to announce an entirely new approach for the future because I think we can reach many more kids.”
De Blasio had previously announced that the exam would be discontinued after this year and that the city would overhaul the Gifted and Talented format entirely.
But the Panel for Education Policy nixed that schedule after voting down the testing contract.
Exam opponents argue that it’s a narrow measure of student talent and benefits families with the resources to prepare for it.
They have also contended that the exam system has led to disproportionately low numbers of black and Hispanic kids.
Backers — including mayoral candidate Andrew Yang — argued that it should not have been dispensed without an alternative admissions system in place.
They’ve asserted that the city should seek to preserve and expand opportunities for accelerated learning rather than work to contract them.
Gifted and Talented enrollment is 43 percent Asian, 36 percent white, 8 percent Hispanic, and 6 percent black.
There are currently about 16,000 students enrolled in the programs across the city, according to the DOE.
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