Slightly Fewer Children Eligible for Gifted Classes in N.Y.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The number of children qualifying for seats in gifted programs in New York City public schools declined slightly this year after the Department of Education overhauled its admissions process in part to combat a recent explosion in eligibility.

Of the 36,012 children tested, 9,020 of them qualified for seats in gifted and talented programs in September, a decrease from the 9,644 who qualified a year earlier, according to data released by the department on Monday.

At the most competitive levels, the decline was even greater, with 1,363 children this year scoring in the 99th percentile, the highest level, compared with 2,144 a year ago, the department said.

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