There is a test for this?

Samantha - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Im new to this community but my child will be 6 in Oct so therefore is going into kindergarten this year because like me he didnt make the cutoff date. But he just graduated headstart and his teachers say he is the smartest 5 year old that they have come across. He is always trying to learn and always asking questions. Ive been told that my child talks ALOT! He can add, subtract and even do division. He can count endlessly and knows everything just about! He can spell these huge words also. The teachers say he is always correcting them and he could teach their class. I didnt know that there was a test for this......any suggestions? thanks

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Kymberly - posted on 06/20/2010

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most schools if not all in lausd do not test until 2nd grade for gifted. some private schools no not test at all. I have a son that tested highly gifted at the beginning of third grade through the gate test. I don't understand how the mom's with toddlers and 5 year olds can call their kids highly gifted? What professional educator is telling them at such a young age that they are highly gifted? Yes, as a parent you can tell if your child is intelligent and challenge them when they are bored but until they are tested you really don't know. Also, Lots of gifted and highly gifted kids will act out because they are not being challenged in school.

Jawaka - posted on 06/16/2010

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Most school districts don't do testing for kindergartners, the norm seems to be between 1st and 3rd grades. Many parents will tell you to talk to the teacher/school and ask about testing early on but I got some good advice from my daughter's 2nd grade teacher....she was new to the school so she had no prior knowledge on any of the children. I went to her early in the year, within the first couple of weeks, and talked to her about my gifted child. She basically told me to let her feel out the children first, they would be doing assessments within the 1st month of school to find out where all of the students were and then they would work from there. She personally didn't want to know that little Johnny had a 190 IQ and could run circles around her because then she would expect alot from the student even if one area of the curriculum wasn't their expertise...if this makes sense.

Heather - posted on 06/10/2010

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I would contact the school system that your son will be attending. Ask them if they offer a gifted program for Kindergarteners. Some schools don't offer anything until 3rd grade. If the school does have a program, ask to speak the head of the gifted program. Then you can ask what the requirements are. We had my son tested by a private psychologist before kindergarten. They were familiar with the school district requirements and did the proper testing (IQ and achievement test). Then they filed a report with the school. Not all school systems are the same and most private school don't offer gifted programs. But I felt like I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get my son into the gifted program. Good luck!

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