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Ending testing for New York City's gifted program may be another blow to Black and Latino students

By Joni Lakin, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, University of Alabama
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After years of relying on a single controversial test at age 4 for admission to their gifted programs, New York City schools are about to embark upon a new way to identify gifted students.

The city’s Department of Education announced in February that it would stop testing students for its gifted program, which places top students in schools with curriculum designed for high academic achievement. Instead, preschool teachers will refer students for consideration.

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