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Teachers have to fill out test bubbles for gifted 4-year-olds

Kids are being put to the test before they can even take them. Teacher and public school parent Melanie Kletter has penned an essay for education news site Chalkbeat about NYC’s controversial gifted and talented programs. The tests are currently under fire from Mayor Bill de Blasio and a school-diversity panel created by him, with both considering abolishing the tests for the city’s 4-year-olds in the near future. Children take the test, a screening for admittance to elite academic programs, at such a young age, it is administered in one-on-one sessions with the teacher — and the tots can barely concentrate, according to Kletter, who spent two years as an administrator. “I spent a lot of that time refocusing the child since k ...