The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V) is the latest version of the most powerful cognitive ability measure ever. WISC-V has been redesigned, retooled, and revamped to provide a more comprehensive picture of a child’s (6 – 16 years 11 months old) abilities.
WISC-V test results can illuminate possible reasons for underachievement, as well as indicate areas of significant asynchrony (gaps). Additionally, the results can support evidence of reasoning ability for placement in gifted programs. The results can also help you advocate on your child’s behalf at school and interact more effectively at home.
The leading measure of cognitive ability for preschoolers and young children has been revised. Based on the most current literature in the field and feedback from experts and clinicians, this significant revision places a strong emphasis on developmentally-appropriate, child friendly features, and includes new measures of working memory and processing speed. The WPPSI-IV provides a reliable and valid measure of intelligence for young children ages 2 ½ – 7 ½ that is age appropriate, user-friendly, and fun.
The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test–Third Edition (WIAT-III) is an individually administered measure of oral language, reading, written language, and mathematics. The WIAT-III results can help identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student and inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability. With a total of 16 subtests, the WIAT-III offers oral reading, math fluency and early reading skills, enriched listening comprehension, oral expression, and written expression subtests, and an advanced reading comprehension subtest.
I-Excel Above Level Testing
I-Excel testing available for 4th-6th graders
Through a collaboration with the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center (www.belinblank.org), we are pleased to offer testing for high-ability 4th-6th graders at Gifted Support Center. If your child has scored at the 95th percentile or higher on any section of a nationally standardized test (such as the Iowa Assessments, Terra Nova, or Stanford Achievement Tests) or the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) / Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP), and is a current 4th, 5th, or 6th grader, he or she qualifies to take I-Excel, an online assessment developed by the Belin-Blank Center.
When children score at the 95th percentile or higher on a standardized test, it tells us that they understand all or nearly all of the material on the test, but it doesn’t tell the extent of their knowledge or what they are ready to learn next. An above-level test (or a test intended for older students) is a good way to give students more space to show what they know. Above-level test results can be used to help make decisions about educational placement, such as more challenging classes in a particular subject.
What Test Can Students Take?
I-Excel licenses content developed by the testing company, ACT, which was designed to measure the academic progress of junior high students. From that content, the Belin-Blank Center has been identifying the academic talents of bright 4th – 6th grade students for over 20 years. I-Excel is a multiple-choice test including Mathematics, Science, English, and Reading. The test is taken on a computer, and each section takes 30 minutes to complete. Total testing time is 2 ½ hours (including breaks).
Some parents are interested in learning if their student would benefit from acceleration (subject matter acceleration or grade skipping). I-Excel provides the information needed for the “aptitude” section of the Iowa Acceleration Scale, in the case of a grade skipping decision, and provides important information about a student’s aptitude in math, science, English, and reading, which are useful in subject acceleration decisions.
What Do the Results Tell Us?
Families of students who take I-Excel automatically receive a comprehensive interpretation of their test results through IDEAL Solutions® for STEM Acceleration. This interpretation is an excellent starting point for talking to your child’s school about what kinds of curricular interventions might be appropriate.
Registration is completed online. Testing cost is $85.00, payable by credit card online. Reach out through our contact page to inquire about test dates.
Characteristics of Giftedness Assessment
Research has shown that gifted individuals have characteristics that fall into the following categories: Advanced Language (i.e., advanced vocabulary, an ability to use more complex and symbolic language), Analytical Thinking (i.e., an ability to discern components of a whole, determine relationships and patterns), Meaning Motivated (i.e., curiosity, an inner drive for thorough, independent understanding, and an extensive memory), Perspective (i.e., an ability to understand and incorporate unexpected or unusual points of view), Sense of Humor (i.e., an understanding of higher levels of humor), Sensitivity (i.e., intense sensitivity to the needs and motivations of others, a strong sense of justice and having high standards of self and others), and Accelerated Learning (i.e., an ability to learn and understand material and concepts beyond the facts and knowledge typical and expected for that age group).
We will assess your child’s strength of evidence of each characteristic and guide you in understanding these strengths and any potential weaknesses.
An intensity is a heightened capacity to respond to stimuli of various types. The terms ‘intensity’ or ‘overexcitability’ were chosen to convey the idea that the stimulation is well beyond average in intensity and duration. Intensities can be thought of as an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy that can result in creative endeavors as well as advanced emotional and ethical development in adulthood. As such, they are a positive force for the gifted, as they feed, enrich, empower and amplify talent.
By assessing your child’s levels of intensities we will help you understand their natural strengths and development potential.
Multiple Intelligences Assessment
Dr. Howard Gardner proposes eight different intelligences that account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are: Linguistic intelligence (“word smart”), Logical-Mathematical intelligence (“number/reasoning smart”), Spatial-Visual intelligence (“picture smart”), Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (“body smart”), Musical intelligence (“music smart”), Interpersonal intelligence (“people smart”), Intrapersonal intelligence (“self smart”), and Naturalist intelligence (“nature smart”).
We will assess your child’s preferences and provide you with ways to engage and leverage their strongest intelligences for personal and academic purposes.
Services include: Educational Advocacy, Assisting with School Placement, and recommendations for professional referrals, resources and local enrichment programs.
Gifted Education Workshops for Teachers and Parents
We offer a number of workshops and seminars for educators and parent groups discussing identifying and serving the needs of gifted children. Our presentations are specifically tailored to your school’s population serving pre-k through high school students. Some of the more popular topics include, understanding the characteristics of gifted children, exploring misconceptions about gifted traits and behaviors, interpreting formal screening measures and evaluations tools, qualitative assessments of gifted behaviors and temperament traits, use of non-traditional identification in the classroom, and how to build depth and complexity into a child’s learning experiences. Please reach out through our contact page if you would like to receive a proposal for your school.
Parent Groups: Supporting Your Gifted Child
Our parent groups are a combination of guided discussion, education, and interactive workshop sessions. In talking with parents we have found that they often lack information about the characteristics, behaviors, and challenges of gifted children and the resources available to their families. Our groups are designed to help parents better understand, support and nurture their gifted children. As a result, there is better communication within the family, reduced conflicts, and enhanced interpersonal skills. Discussions take place in a nonjudgmental and nurturing atmosphere. Some of the topics discussed are motivation, discipline, stress management, perfectionism, and peer relationships.
Lending Library of Gifted Resources and SEL Tools
At Gifted Support Center we provide a lending library of relevant books, articles, journals and publications to support you in parenting your gifted child. Please feel free to browse and borrow at your convenience.
LEAVE YOUR SLEEP FOR EDUCATION
Transforming Literature through Music and Art
Leave Your Sleep for Education is a music and arts program, incorporating a language arts curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the English Language Arts Standards, and the Visual and Performing Arts Standards. This comprehensive program of units, lessons, and supporting materials serves as a supplement to the original Leave Your Sleep 2cd publication that was created by musician Natalie Merchant in 2010, and the children’s picture book she created with Illustrator Barbara McClintock in 2012.
Leave Your Sleep for Education provides a unique opportunity for children to experience the joy of discovery at the intersection of poetry, art, and music. The curriculum is designed to lift all children up to higher levels of achievement by focusing on engagement and rigor. Our goal with Leave Your Sleep for Education is for children to develop an appreciation for the aesthetics of life, to foster critical thinking across the disciplines, to cultivate compassion for the interconnectedness of the common humanity in our world, and for children to gain the power to embrace their lives completely and attain their dreams.
To learn more about Leave Your Sleep for Education and the online curriculum platform for educators, please see www.leaveyoursleepforeducation.com
Research Shows that gifted children tend to exhibit certain observable behaviors, such as using advanced vocabulary, grasping underlying principles, and making generalizations from complex information. Supported by 40 years of research, the Renzulli Scales are used by gifted and talented programs across the country. The items were chosen from a comprehensive body of research concerning the characteristics of gifted students.
Based on a multiple talent approach to the identification of gifted students, the scales help identify student strengths.