Testing for a young child's "giftedness" is laden with controversy as is, but in New York City, the issue is about to get a whole lot more controversial. According to a recent article in the New York Times, the Department of Education is revamping the G&T testing process to make it more inclusive of minority students. The startling tweak? Tests administered in 2012 might be dialed back to include kids as young as 3!
Currently, the test can be given to kids aged 4 and up. Education officials say that, in theory, this new test will make the whole process easier for the parents who are losing tons of cash while juggling private-school deposits and kindergarten waitlists.
Of course, this might make sense if there was actual, physical space in these gifted programs for more kids. Since WAY more children already test into the program than there are available slots -- and most, if not all, of these slots are only available for kindergarteners -- it's daunting enough to think that a test your 4-year-old takes could determine the entire course of his or her academic future.
Plus, some experts say that it's tough to determine giftedness in preschool kids, since they have little to no prior experience in dealing with school settings. One interviewee, doctor and test developer Susan K. Johnsen, told the Times that identifying giftedness in such young kids is an elusive process. "You might be able to find an array of assessments that might be able to do a good job of recognizing children's talents, but I don't think there is a test that is a magic bullet, or even a combination of quantitative tests that are," she said.
What do you guys think? Is age 3 too young to get "giftedness" down on paper?