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April 14, 2012

"Preparing for the kindergarten test is totally the norm. The stakes are so high.”"

Advanced blocks and graduate toilet training:
As Ranks of Gifted Soar in N.Y., Fight Brews for Kindergarten Slots - NYTimes.com Nearly 5,000 children qualified for gifted and talented kindergarten seats in New York City public schools in the fall, 22 percent more than last year and more than double the number four years ago,

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 14, 2012 7:42 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"In Districts 2 and 3, which encompass most of Manhattan below 110th Street, more students scored at or above the 90th percentile on the entrance exam, the cutoff point, than scored below it."

What's the problem above 110th St???

Posted by: Shooter1001 at April 14, 2012 3:57 PM

When we were in Sacramento this week testifying on bealhf of Funding Our Future (related to state-wide educational funding reform), we also spoke with some key staffers on related educational issues and Simitian's bill came up. California is one of only 4 states that has a kindergarten entrance date past Sept. 1st. At issue is loss of school revenue for that first year (fewer kids in kindergarten means fewer dollars to the school) and how that class travels though the system for the following 12 years (and some continued loss of revenue throughout their time in school). There were discussions about phasing in and supplimenting lost revenue. On the other side of the issue are savings that we might see related to the bigger budget story. Some of the assumption is that children who miss the cut off will actually participate in high quality preschool programs so they are ready for kindergarten however the reality is many will not. In LA they are piloting a Junior K program for children that would miss the cut off, giving priority to children that would otherwise not receive a real year of pre-K (guess what it mitigates any savings and actually costs more money however in the long run, it may make class composition stronger and the ability to teach easier .) This is yet another issue that can be seen from many sides. Rachel, thanks for bring it up.

Posted by: caste at July 13, 2012 5:02 AM

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