How can gifted students be identified?
Gifted students can be assessed in many ways and parents can provide information that can aid the assessment process. Effective identification includes different types of criteria.
• Qualitative (subjective): These are judgements made on structured observations
eg checklists of behaviours, nominations by teachers, parents, peers, information about the child’s interests, etc
• Quantitative (objective): These include tests of ability or achievement. Eg. IQ tests, general ability tests, standardised tests of achievement
Effective identification includes elements of both as well as indicators of underachievement.
(Merrick & Targett. 2004. AGQTP Module 2)