Today is the day!
Request for Testing (RTF) forms for parents who wish their children to take the test qualifying them for Gifted & Talented placement in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd or 3rd grade in New York City public schools for September of 2014 are now available on the Department of Ed's site. (Please remember, however, that the main entry point for G&T classes is the Kindergarten level. A child who scores well after Kindergarten will only be given a spot as space allows, and those seats are few and far between.)
These forms will be accepted until November 8, 2013.
You will be asked to select a date of either January 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,or 26, 2014. These tests are normed in three months bands, which means it is to your child's advantage to be toward the older end of the band, i.e. four years, eight months and two weeks, rather than four years, nine months and one day. Please choose your dates accordingly and sign up ASAP to make sure the date and site you want is available.
Results are scheduled to be released in April of 2014. Children who score above the 97th percentile are, in theory, eligible for placement in citywide gifted programs. However, in practice, there are not even enough seats in the five schools to accommodate all those children who score in the 99th percentile, much less the 98th and 97th. However, a sibling scoring a 97 takes precedence over a non-sibling with a 99.
Children who score above the 90th percentile are, in theory, eligible for placement in their district Gifted program. However, in practice, those spots are quickly filled with top scorers and siblings. While in some areas of the Upper West and Upper East Side over 50 percent of children score in the top 10th percentile, there are also neighborhoods in the Bronx where not enough children meet the standards to open even one class, and those programs are cancelled.
Last year, the lack of seats overall lead to a lawsuit. Read about it here.