The good news for this year's gifted and talented kindergarten test-takers? More kids scored high enough to qualify for a citywide G&T program. The bad news? Eligible students have about a 1 in 7 chance of scoring one of those citywide seats.
Of the 14,249 children who tested for the city's gifted and talented programs, 2,656 -- 18% -- qualified for one of five citywide programs. But there are only about 381 citywide seats. The number of eligible students continues to rise -- about 1000 students scored in the 99th percentile in the last two years. But the number of citywide seats has not risen to meet the demand.
To qualify for the more selective citywide program, children must score between the 97th and 99th percentile on two assessments; for district programs they must score between the 90 to 96th percentile. Fifteen percent of this year's kindergarten test-takers - 2,256 - qualified for district programs.
Some 35% of the kindergarten test-takers -- 4,912 -- are eligible for a G&T program. In 2010 and 2011, 28% qualified.
Once again, the highest number of G&T qualifiers come from Manhattan's districts 2 and 3: 949 kindergartners are eligible in District 2; 505 in District 3.
For the second year in a row, District 7 in the Bronx had fewer than 10 students qualifying. Also in the Bronx, District 9 had 17 qualifiers and District 12 had 16.
There was a great disparity between districts in Brooklyn. Only 12 kindergartners qualified for a program in District 32, 17 qualified in District 23 and 20 in District 16. But three districts in Brooklyn had more than 200 qualifiers for kindergarten: District 20 had 333, District 22 had 286 and District 15 had 263.
In Queens, District 25 had 227 eligible kindergartners, District 28 had 226, District 26 had 200 and District 30 had 196.
On Staten Island, 201 kindergartners are eligible for G&T.
This year the Education Department also released the number of eligible students for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade G&T. For 1st grade, there were 10,803 test-takers. Of those 1,486 -- 14% -- are eligible for a district program and 875 -- 8% -- for a citywide program. For 2nd grade, there were 7,886 test-takers; 870 qualified for a district program and 305 for a citywide. For 3rd grade, 6,302 took the test; 712 are eligible for a district program and 256 for a citywide. In reality, there are very few open seats in 2nd and 3rd grade. Eligible applicants for kindergarten and 1st grade are guaranteed a seat in a district program, providing they list all available options on their applications.
Parents were notified of their child's score this week, along with an application listing their progam options. Next week many schools will be hosting open houses and tours for parents who are weighing their options. Families have a week to decide: April 20 is the application deadline!
For a breakdown of the district results for grades K-3, see the spreadsheet here.