How can exceptional ability be identified? Identifying signs
of giftedness is not an exact science. Nevertheless, good identification
procedures yield information about students who have needs beyond the
standard curriculum and would benefit from enrichment options.
Multiple criteria should be used for identifying students with
possible intellectual giftedness. Objective indices such as standardized tests or IQ tests
used in combination with subjective judgments such as teacher
observation and parent nomination provides the best means of developing
a talent pool of potential.
Formal testing was once considered the absolute measure of
giftedness. While IQ tests
are only one measure of intellectual abilities at a given point in time,
and they should not be used alone. Today, testing is considered to be
only one way of measuring and verifying giftedness.
- Meet with your child’s teacher(s) and
principal to discuss your child and your perspective.
- Contact the district administrative offices
for your school district to find out if they do any testing or can
give you any suggestions.
- Macomb ISD does not provide testing for
children who might be gifted and/or talented.
- Consider asking your family physician for
- The following universities may be contacted to ask about formal
testing of your child.