Gifted and Talented Testing

In order for your child to take the G&T test you will need to sign up on line at

Does PS/IS 276 have a gifted and talented program? 

  • We do not have a G&T program.  We believe that students learn best when they have opportunities to work with other students who have different perspectives and abilities. Additionally, a G&T program would open our school to students from outside of our zone. We do not have the space to serve the children in our zone plus additional students.  So we will not have a G&T program in the foreseeable future.

My child took two different G&T tests.  What is the difference between the two?

  • The Bracken (BSRA) tests very basic knowledge like colors, shapes, numbers, and vocabulary. Although some of the vocabulary can be challenging for young children (shallow, for example), this test assesses basic knowledge of school readiness.
  • The OLSAT has three sections:  The first has students analyze somewhat challenging drawings/shapes/etc using a "which does not belong" framework. This can be tricky as many answers are not so obvious.  The second section is analogies and what belongs in the empty box to complete the analogy.  The third section is a listening section where specific directions are given, stories are read, and then students are asked to answer a variety of inferential questions.  This section can be tricky for a child who is not an auditory learner.

So, if your child got two different scores, think about your child’s learning style and strengths to see how the scores make sense.

What can these tests tell me about child?

  • These tests do not provide an “IQ” score or any indication of your child’s grade level achievement.  The results are used strictly to screen students for admission to G & T programs. These are very cursory tests and not very discerning in the data they provide us.  They do not provide any indication of further testing achievement and do not prepare your child for the State tests they will take in third grade. These tests are not designed or selected for that purpose. 

What are the pros and cons of taking these tests?

  • Pros. If your child achieves the cut score, they may be offered a seat at a Gifted and Talented program. Our school does not offer a Gifted and Talented program.
  • Cons. Your child is pulled out of class for several hours of one on one or small group testing.  This results in distractions to the classroom and missed instruction for your child.  Additionally, we receive limited funding for the costs of testing. The money we receive does not cover the full cost. The school must absorb the additional costs that could be better spent on programs and resources for our school. If you have no intention of sending your child to a G & T school or program, we strongly encourage you to not register your child for testing.

What is the difference between a Community School District G&T program and a City-wide G&T program?

  • The cut scores for admission to the different programs change from year to year.  This year the cut off score for a Community School G&T program is in the 90% + range and for City-wide programs in the 97%+. 
  • City-wide programs are more selective and include NEST+M, Anderson, and Brooklyn School of Inquiry. These schools are only for children who test in the 97%+. These schools are completely comprised of children that have tested in the G&T percentile of 97%+ range only. 
  • Community School Programs are sponsored by zoned community schools (for example, PS33, PS11, PS130, Lower Lab – there are many) who offer G&T classes on each grade level in addition to general education classes from their neighboring zone children. So children in the G&T program go to school with children who don’t “test” in and they most likely will interact together at recess, specials classes and school community functions.

What factors should I consider when making a decision about my child’s school?

  • Siblings- Siblings are not guaranteed admission to a gifted program. First priority for admission is based on test scores. If your older child attends a gifted program, younger siblings may not be offered a seat at the same school.
  • Commute- How far is the school from your home? What does that mean for your commute (both home and work)? How about play dates for your child? 
  • Community- When you enroll your child in a school, you are joining a community.  Choose the community in which you can envision your family being actively involved. When you visit the school, ask about the PTA and other opportunities for your involvement in the school as a whole.
  • When you visit, think about how is this program different from what is offered at 276? Consider everything from academics to recess to the physical building to the after school program. Schools are complex places that offer education for the children as well as community and family resources.

Will I lose my seat at PS276 if I apply to the G & T programs that my child is eligible for?

  • No. You will not lose your seat at our school until you have accepted a seat in the G &T program that you have been offered.

When will I receive my G&T placement offer from the DOE?

  • After you apply and list the G&T programs you are interested in, you will receive a G&T school placement by email sometime in June 2011. You will have approximately 1-2 weeks to decide if you will accept that placement or stay at our school. Please let our school know, as soon as possible, if you decide to accept a G&T placement so we can offer your child’s seat to a child on our waitlist.

Will I lose my seat permanently at PS276 if I accept and register my child in a G & T program?

  • Yes, you will lose your seat as soon as you accept an offer in a G&T program. You cannot be registered in two NYC public schools simultaneously. Once you register for a G&T program you forfeit your seat at PS276. If you change your mind after registering at a G&T program you will be treated as a new family at our school and will be placed at the bottom of our waitlist. This applies to all grades.

Ultimately, families need to make a decision based on what is in the best interest of the child and their family.  Please visit the Department of Education website at or call 212-374-6646 for more detail information about the G&T schools and the application process.