Need advice about school testing for gifted

Jenelle - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello.



I have a son who has always been academically advanced. He was multiplying numbers in preschool and when he was tested in first grade for reading, he was beyond the second grade level. We didn't know he could read. He is in third grade now and he has tested at a sixth grade reading level and his math scores were way up. No other third grader was even close.



I have looked a various web sites that describe the characteristics of a gifted child and he meets all but three or four of them. I also found a site that compared Bright VS Gifted and he would fall into the gifted category.



The issue I have is that his teacher doesn't want to test him because he has some difficulty getting along in small groups. I know what she is talking about because my husband and I are his Den Leaders in Cub Scouts. He tends to be bossy and doesn't appear to be paying attention. But, when you ask him questions, he knows the answers, so I know he is listening. He sometimes seems to immature. According to my research, all of these characteristics are not unusual for gifted children.



I have emailed the teacher to get a better understand of her concerns when it comes to his social behavior but I have not received a response from her yet.



I would like some suggestions about how I could help with his behavior and/or convincing the school that we should test him. He will not be allowed to work with the gifted teacher unless he is tested and is gifted. I'm concerned that he is becoming bored in school.

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Akka - posted on 11/02/2012

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My Son is in Second Grade and he has been tested for Gifted.....Just wondering, when I will get to know?

Amber - posted on 07/06/2010

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Things are slightly different in every state but if you contact your school in writing you should get some type of response. If the school still balks at testing your child you can always have an IQ test administered on your own by a licensed psyhologist. If the scores come back as gifted, the school could not ignore them. If problems persist after than you can always contact your state's giftted association or the gifted director or ythe state dept. of education.

Jenelle - posted on 03/02/2010

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Thanks, Megan.

I met with several people at the school last fall. At home, we have been working with him on his behavior, however, the teacher has not noticed any changes.

The gifted facilitator met with him a few time recently and reported to his teacher that 'he lacks global curiosity of her other students...he is brilliant at the things he wants to do' but he is resistant to doing anything that he has not suggested. She believes his attitude will impact his intellectual development.

We are meeting with a independent psychologist on Thursday who was recommened by his MD. She was a gifted child and works with gifted children.

Megan - posted on 02/25/2010

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Jenelle:

If you are in Kansas, the school district is required to respond to you about testing your son if you make your request in writing. The "suggested" time period for this is 15 days from the time that they receive your letter. After that point, they should put him through the SIT process. In my three districts, a parent request goes through the SIT process and the testing process simultaneously. Once you receive and send back the "permission to evaluate", the special education department has 60 days to complete testing and have a meeting with you to tell you whether or not he qualifies for gifted services. Qualifications differ from district to district. The sites I would suggest are www.hoagiesgifted.org and www.sengifted.org. I also have other sites that I suggest to my parents on my wikispace - adifferentview.wikispaces.com under "parents". I am a gifted facilitator as well as a parent of a gifted child, so I see things from both perspectives. Good luck! Let me know if you need anymore information. I know that the state of Kansas also has some info on their education site, but it can be hard to find/get to.

Jenelle - posted on 02/22/2010

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I have contacted the Kansas Association for Gifted, Talented and Creative and they are going to get me a list of resources. I agree that his social and behavior issues could be related to being gifted and should not prevent him from being tested, I just need to convince the school to test him and develop a Individual Education Plan for him. If they don't want to test him, we are going to look into having an independent evaluation done.

Megan - posted on 02/21/2010

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The reason he probably has problems in small groups is because he is gifted. Gifted children tend to not be as understanding of their own peers because they think so differently than them. If anything, this difficulty in small groups is a reason to get him tested, not the other way around. It is important to get kids identified early because as they get older, they may have more problems related to their giftedness, such as underachievement and social issues.

Alexandra - posted on 01/04/2010

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i contacted the gited and talented register and they r fantastic. I have the same problem with my daughter she is only 5 and have alot of the characteristics of a gfted and talented child. every school in the uk should have a gifted and talented techer who can test him if they r being funny about it might be because teachers dont get the extra support in the class anymore so they dont want to test children as it will cause more work. u need to nag them or see the headteacher. hope there is some help anymore i can help with please let me know,

thanks

alex

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