NYC Citywide & Districtwide Schools

According to the NYC DOE G&T Handbook:


The G&T Request for Testing period begins Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Families may submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form online or in person at an Enrollment Office or public school beginning Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  The deadline to submit a RFT form is Friday, November 7, 2014.

Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction, aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). New York City students who are entering kindergarten through 3rd grade are eligible to participate in G&T Admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs. Please use the steps below to guide you through the process:

1. Apply for testing by completing a Request For Testing (RFT) form.
2. Take the test on the test date that you are given.
3. Receive notice of eligibility in April
4. Apply to G&T programs, if eligible

There are two types of G&T programs: Districtwide and Citywide.

Click here to to learn more about G&T Programs in New York City public schools:

G&T Schools 2014-15.1 G&T Schools 2014-15.2 G&T Schools 2014-15.3

Regarding Assessments:

The Assessments

The NYCDOE uses two assessments to determine if a child is eligible to apply for a G&T program: nonverbal test items from the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and verbal test items from the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). Assessing children in both nonverbal and verbal domains provides a balanced look at each child’s intellectual abilities. Exams are administered by New York State certified teachers who are trained to administer both assessments. The nonverbal assessment is administered first, followed by the verbal assessment. Practice questions can be found in the back of this handbook to support families in understanding the types of questions their children may see on the test, and also as a way to prepare students for the test-taking
experience. All items are presented in a multiple-choice format.
Preparing for the Assessments
There are several things families can do to help their children prepare for the G&T exam. Children should get adequate sleep and eat a nutritious meal prior to taking the exam. Families can also lessen anxiety by helping to ease their children’s minds about the test. Children should be encouraged to do their best, but should also be reminded that they are not expected to know the answer to every question. Before the actual exam administration, families should review the assessment practice materials. Families should read and review the information they receive regarding the exam and administration. While a practice exam is provided, it is only meant to be used to familiarize children with the testing experience, sample exam items, and the exam structure. During the exam, children will hear each question on the verbal assessment only one time. Children born in 2010 are not expected to bubble in their responses;
children will point to their answers and exam administrators will record their responses.
If, in the judgment of the exam administrator, principal, or testing site supervisor, a student has had prior exposure to the test or has received aid from another person during the test, the principal or site supervisor must follow the NYCDOE disciplinary procedure for student cheating and invalidate the student’s exam. Invalidated exams will not be submitted for scoring.



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