Bright Kids NYC Delivers Record Results on the New Gifted and Talented Exam

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Despite plummeting scores, the results-oriented tutoring approach of Bright Kids delivered record Gifted and Talented results for the third year running. While the number of K-entry students scoring in the 99th percentile dropped 42% since last year, 90% of Bright Kids clients qualified for a G&T program, and 34% scored in the 99th percentile.

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2013 Bright Kids G&T Results

This year, 90% of Bright Kids tutoring clients scored at or above the 90th percentile, earning them a spot in the Gifted and Talented program. By comparison, 25% of all G&T applicants achieved this score.

Faced with increasing scores each year, in April 2012 the New York City Department of Education changed the Gifted and Talented entrance exam, replacing the Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA) with the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT ®2). The purpose of this switch was to increase the difficulty of the exam and provide a better measure of student ability, ensuring that only the most talented students scored at the top. By all measures this move was a success. The number of K-entry students qualifying for G&T decreased 13%, from 4,921 to 4,302 students. The total scoring in the 99th percentile, the best possible score, dropped even more precipitously from 1,607 to 921 students, a 42% decrease.

Despite plummeting scores, the results-oriented tutoring approach of Bright Kids delivered record results for the third year running. This year, 90% of Bright Kids tutoring clients scored at or above the 90th percentile, earning them a spot in the Gifted and Talented program. By comparison, 25% of all G&T applicants achieved this score. This is an improvement over 88% in 2012 and 83% in 2011, both of which were years with an easier test. In addition, 34% of Bright Kids clients scored in the 99th percentile, the score required to earn a spot at coveted citywide G&T programs such as Anderson and NEST+m.

In addition, scores on the new Nonverbal section (NNAT ®2) were superlative. 97% of Bright Kids tutoring clients scored at or above the 90th percentile, with 74% scoring in the 99th percentile, the highest possible score. With complex questions testing visual-spatial skills, the NNAT ®2 is generally considered to be a difficult test and a strong measure of raw cognitive ability. Despite its difficulty, Bright Kids tutors and curriculum experts were able to teach the core skills required to succeed at this exam.

The outstanding G&T results for three years running are a testament to the quality of the Bright Kids tutoring product. First, Bright Kids builds core skills evaluated on the test as early as possible. The G&T 1-on-1 Skill Builder Bootcamp, focusing on these essential skills, is currently being enrolled for 2014 test-takers. Second, we create all tutoring materials and publications in-house. Our dedicated design team works every day to create new, exciting, and challenging questions that are then evaluated by education experts. Third, we manage the tutoring process from start to finish. Every family has a dedicated account manager just a call away that handles all scheduling. We communicate with parents, using a custom-designed CRM portal that also contains reports from every session. Finally, as a small company, Bright Kids is always developing new, innovative, and engaging tutoring methods. Our tablet-based learning initiative that was implemented for 2013 G&T test-takers was a resounding success, as evidenced in record-breaking scores.

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