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Assessing/Testing for Giftedness:

Dr. Karen Rogers discusses in Re-Forming Gifted Education the types of assessment most appropriate to accurately describe the gifts and talents of a child:

Although an IQ score or a cognitive abilities test score provides objective information for the intellectual domain, these tests are not as helpful for identifying someone with creative gifts or talents, nor do they identify leadership or abilities outside of academic areas. A more suitable assessment for giftedness and talent should include a variety of both objective (quantifiably measured) information and subjective (personally observed) information. Table 2.3 shows examples of both objective and subjective instruments that are helpful in the assessment of gifts and talents in each of the five domains.


Objective and Subjective Measures of Gifts and Talents

DOMAIN — INTELLECTUAL

Gifted Objective Measures

Gifted Subjective Measures

Talent Objective Measures

Talent Subjective Measures

Stanford-Binet (LM), WISC-III, Woodcock Johnson*

Group mental ability tests (e.g., Otis-Lennon, CogAT, Henmon-Nelson, Ravens Progressive Matrices, Matrix Analogies Test)*

SAT or ACT tests taken at earlier age*

Renzulli Scales*

Whitmore or Rimm Underachievement Scales

Cultural Characteristics Scales

Parent nomination

Teacher nomination

Renzulli Scales*

Purdue* Scales (PARS) in English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language

Intellectual competitions, such as Academic Decathlon, Destination Imagination, Knowledge Bowl, Future Problem Solving, Math Olympiad

Writing or speech competitions

Problem-solving and critical thinking tests (e.g. Ross, Cornell)*

Journal

Diary

Writing samples (poetry, stories)

Biographical inventory

Self nomination

Peer nomination

Parent nomination

Teacher nomination

Personal Interview

*Generally preferred for their accuracy, reliability, or comprehensiveness.

Objective and Subjective Measures of Gifts and Talents

DOMAIN — SPECIFIC ACADEMIC

Gifted Objective Measures

Gifted Subjective Measures

Talent Objective Measures

Talent Subjective Measures

Individual achievement tests, e.g., Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Kaufman Tests of Educational Achievement, Woodcock Johnson Achievement Tests*

Out-of-level (2+ grades ahead) standardized achievement tests (subtest scores), e.g., SATs, ITBS, SRA, MATs*

Curriculum-based assessments

Developing Cognitive Abilities test (DCAT)

EXPLORE Test*

Teacher nomination

Peer nomination

Parent nomination

High scores on out-of-level standardized achievement tests*

High grades in an academic area

Successful work in advanced coursework in one or more academic areas

Student products (science project, short story, etc.)

Self nomination

Biographical inventory

Teacher nomination

Peer nomination

Parent nomination

Interview

*Generally preferred for their accuracy, reliability, or comprehensiveness.

Objective and Subjective Measures of Gifts and Talents

DOMAIN — CREATIVITY

Gifted Objective Measures

Gifted Subjective Measures

Talent Objective Measures

Talent Subjective Measures

Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking*

Guilford Creative Perception Inventory*

Meeker Structure of Intellect (SOI) Test*

Rimm GIFT and GIFFI tests

Renzulli Scales*

Wallach & Kogan Scales*

Self nomination

Peer Nomination

Teacher nomination

Parent nomination

Biographical inventory

Creative product checklist

High score on student product or performance*

Auditions or exhibitions using juried panel of "expert" evaluators

Student products

Self nomination

Biographical inventory

Teacher nomination

Parent nomination

*Generally preferred for their accuracy, reliability, or comprehensiveness.

Objective and Subjective Measures of Gifts and Talents

DOMAIN — PSYCHOSOCIAL LEADERSHIP

Gifted Objective Measures

Gifted Subjective Measures

Talent Objective Measures

Talent Subjective Measures

Psychological Inventories that indicate emotional stability, self-awareness

Social Maturity Scales*

Renzulli Scales*

Self nomination

Peer nomination

Teacher nomination

Journal

Diary

Interview

Parent nomination

Ratings of performance in leadership, administrative role

Success levels of project or task outcomes

Interview

Observation

Biographical inventory

Self nomination

Peer nomination

Coach/Advisor nomination

Journal

Diary

*Generally preferred for their accuracy, reliability, or comprehensiveness.

Objective and Subjective Measures of Gifts and Talents

DOMAIN — VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Gifted Objective Measures

Gifted Subjective Measures

Talent Objective Measures

Talent Subjective Measures

Horn Art Aptitude Test*

Seashore Test of Musical Ability*

Meier Art Judgment Test*

Renzulli Scales*

Self nomination

Peer nomination

Interview

Diary

Teacher nomination

Parent nomination

High score on checklist of student product or performance

Auditions or exhibitions using juried panel of "expert in the field" evaluators

Journal

Diary

Student products or performances

Self nomination

Biographical inventory

Sketchbook, composition notebook, journal, choreography plan, play notes

Artist/teacher nominations

*Generally preferred for their accuracy, reliability, or comprehensiveness.


Dr. Rogers further indicates that one objective and one subjective measure in each domain category will probably suffice to generally assess gifts/talents.

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