By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son (who is in 2nd grade, age 7) earlier this year was
asked to test for the gifted program by his teacher because
he was misbehaving in class and she thought that he may be
bored. He tested and missed the IQ portion of it just
slightly, but is in the talented program for Math.
He just received his Terra Nova results back, which shows
his national scores are 89th percent for Reading, 85th% for
Language, 99th% for Math and a total score of 97th%. Does
this constitute him being in the complete gifted program?
Should I contact the teacher? Thank you.
A: His high scores for Math on
the Terra Nova secured him a place in the talented programme
for Math. However, it is unclear how schools decide on
cut-off points for gifted programmes as each school may have
different ways of looking at it which is well justified.
Usually the cut-off point on an IQ test that warrants
admission into the gifted programme is considered the border
and even a few points down may not justify a place.
Having said that, the selection committee may be able to
make some adjustments based on special cases, so of course,
speaking to his teacher may be a good idea. His teacher
would be able to shed more light on how the selection is
done. Do also bear in mind that the gifted programme may not
be suitable for everyone; the school usually tries to place
a child in a programme that would best cater for the child's
needs based on their objective evaluation. No selection can
be perfect, hence it would be best to discuss with his
teachers if you feel he would do much better in a complete
gifted programme. You may want to suggest a probation
period. Nevertheless, this is all subject to the school's
discretion on the flexibility of selection.