When New York City instituted standardized testing for admission to its gifted & talented kindergarten program, enrollment became skewed towards White and Asian-American children and families in the higher-income borough of Manhattan. Offers of admission to children of Black and Hispanic origin and from low-income neighborhoods drastically dropped.
For my Master’s thesis at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, I produced a short documentary following Bronx mother Tanya Duprey and her daughter Allison as they navigated the maze of kindergarten admissions. The print version of this story won the 2013 Hechinger Education Award at the Columbia Journalism School.
This short clip shows the moment the family receives Allison’s test scores.