Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gifted Testing-South Florida

 

 BROWARD & MIAMI-DADE

"Gifted Testing"

UPDATED November, 2015


 

A child can be tested through the public schools. The advantage----it is free. The disadvantage is the waiting time to have the evaluation done, as well as the child being pre-screened to determine if he/she is eligible for the testing in the first place. 

 

This posting focuses primarily on PRIVATE testing.

Private testing MUST be done by a licensed psychologist or licensed school psychologist (in Florida). 

"Gifted" testing involves the administration of an IQ test, a written and oral report, and is approximately a 2 hour appointment, including testing, scoring, and meeting with the parent. A written report is prepared after, and usually sent to the parent in a few days.

Although schools, at their discretion, will usually consider a private report in the determination of gifted eligibility, other factors, in addition to IQ, are involved as well (e.g. classroom achievement, demonstration in school of learning and behavioral characteristics consistent with "giftedness"). 


The child's teacher completes a school provided gifted characteristics rating scale. In addition to a high enough IQ, the teacher's responses must also indicate that the child functions like a gifted child in the school.
 
In most cases, a child's IQ must equal or exceed 98% of his/her age peers (usually IQ of 130 or higher). There are some exceptions to this score based on socioeconomic factors, and your school would know if a child qualifies for this alternate plan. 

If the child has been tested in the last 12 months, you must notify the tester. The same test can't be used for a year.   
 
No private practitioner, regardless of what is stated on his/her website, can guarantee that your child will be admitted to the gifted program even when the IQ is high enough. The final decision is made by school personnel based on district/state criteria.





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This is a private blog and has no relationship whatsoever to any school, public school or similar entity.







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