Abacus4What do you do when the notion of child giftedness is under siege?  If you’re a selective private or public school, you’re in a quandary.

No longer do parents sit back, passively waiting to see if their children get the label.  No, now parents have learned you can game whatever the flawed ranking system.  In a little over twelve months, the game has completely changed.

The schools don’t know what to do.  Maybe change the test?

From The New York Times today:

The city will search for a new admissions test for its gifted and talented public school programs, a Department of Education official said on Monday, in part to address concerns that some families were “gaming” the test through extensive preparation.

The official, Marc Sternberg, the new deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, said the change could occur for the 2012-13 year.

Good luck with that.