The Upper West Side Relief Act of 2008 (Or: More on Gifted Admissions in NYC)
Make no mistake - NYC's poorer community school districts lost out under the new gifted and talented admissions process. On Monday, I discussed the change in gifted seats by district, but some readers asked for the overall percentage of kids in each district that are classified as gifted.
Let's look at the numbers for this school year first. We see that some districts, like Brooklyn's District 22 or the Upper West Side's District 3, have very high proportions of students in the entry grade classified as gifted (23.8% and 13.8%, respectively). On the other end, East Harlem's District 4 and the South Bronx's District 7 have no students in the entry grade classified as gifted.
Percentage of Students Classified as Gifted and Talented in Entry Grade, 2007
What we see in the map below is that Districts 2 and 3 in Manhattan have especially large increases in the proportion of students classified as gifted - from 13.8 to 22.3% in District 3 and from 7.1 to 15.2% in District 2. Hence, the Upper West Side/Manhattan Relief Act of 2008. And as expected, the districts with higher proportions of free lunch kids have fewer kids classified as gifted in both 2007 and 2008, but many of these districts fall further back because of the GT policy change. (See Robert Pondiscio's post for implications.)
Percentage of Students Classified as Gifted and Talented in Entry Grade, 2008
You can find the full figures for 2007 and 2008 below. Overall, the big winner in entry grade seats is Manhattan, and Brooklyn and the Bronx lost the most.
On behalf of all Manhattan residents, I'd like to thank the Department of Education for helping us pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. It's rough out here!
Percentage of Students Classified as Gifted and Talented, 2007 and 2008