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Education Department big Marc Sternberg hints at gifted test changes

Education Department big Marc Sternberg hints at gifted test changes
Meredith Kolodner, New York Daily News, June 22, 2010

The Department of Education is considering scrapping the current test to qualify for gifted programs following a “problematic” drop in the number of black and Latino students.

Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg made the surprising admission under grilling yesterday during an appearance before the City Council.

Asked by Councilman Robert Jackson about the lack of minority students in the coveted programs, Sternberg conceded the department may swap test-makers when the current contract expires at the end of the next school year.

“With this window of opportunity to rethink the kind of [calculations] we’re using on the test,” Sternberg said. “Maybe we help to resolve this question. (Read the full article)