Though the DOE is considering developing new tests for gifted admission, they may be ignoring the one part of the test that worries parents most. Statistics showed that the number of black and Latino students admitted into gifted programs had dropped significantly in the past three years, but many parents are more worried that a test taken at the age of four could determine their child's education for the next six years. Furthermore, new tests administered in 2012 may include children as young as three.

The city's $5.3 million contract with Harcourt Assessment expires this year. They were hired to standardize the city's gifted program admissions process, which previously consisted of 130 gifted programs across the boroughs. As the students took the tests, teachers were encouraged to fill out forms, rating their students on things like motivation, creativity and leadership skills. But the city dropped the rating scales when teachers failed to submit over 3,000 of them on time.

The city tried a few more tests, some based on qualitative assessments like color recognition, and others on quantitative IQ numbers, but nothing has been perfect. Experts also say that preschool testing doesn't give an accurate account of gifted abilities, since children have not had the opportunity to interact in a school setting. And really, how gifted can you be at three? Doctor and test developer Susan K. Johnsen told the Times, "You might be able to find an array of assessments that might be able to do a good job of recognizing children’s talents, but I don’t think there is a test that is a magic bullet, or even a combination of quantitative tests that are."

With regards to concerns that the city's minorities are under represented in gifted programs, DOE spokesman David Cantor said, "We are not looking for a test that identifies qualities other than giftedness in young children. Our responsibility remains ensuring that gifted students are properly identified and placed in programs they need to learn best." About 44% of the city's gifted students are white, as compared to 15% of the whole public school population. About 56% of the students in kindergarten gifted programs are girls.