Please explain with examples, different ways in which giftedness is identified.

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am the gifted and talented facilitator on my campus, so I am the one who identifies and tests students for the gifted service at my school.  I administer multiple assessments, all of which serve as gifted indicators:

GATES (Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale) parent and teacher evaluation:  This evaluation assessess the student in terms of the attributes of creativity, artistic talent, leadership, academic skills, and intellectual ability.

Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test:  This test is completely nonverbal and tests students' abilities to use spatial reasoning, logic, and comparison.

Cognitive Abilities Test: This test has three main sections: Verbal, Cognitive, and Nonverbal. 

Student work:  Samples of student work are also submitted to our district selection committee, especially if a student is specifically gifted in art or music, but may not have performed as well in some of the other assessments. 

I usually begin identifying students first through teacher recommendations that a student be tested for the gifted program; after the student has been identified and permission to test has been approved by the parent, I administer the above mentioned tests to see how the student performs compared to the national percentiles.  For a student to be admitted into the gifted service in my district, he or she must score  96% or higher as compared to the national percentile for their age group in at least six out of the eight indicators that I use for assessment.