WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY DEFINES GIFTED AS “HAVING A GREAT NATURAL ABILITY.”
THE SOI DIFFERENCE
WHAT IS GIFTEDNESS?
SOI testing is multifaceted - many abilities are tested. Multifaceted tests are important because there are many aspects to intelligence and people are intelligent in different ways. You want a test that is sensitive to these differences.
Each test produces a profile of the student’s intellectual abilities. It identifies the areas in which the student is gifted, near-gifted, above average, average, below average, etc. If a student misses your cut-off criteria, the profile tells you how you can help the student improve.
We tend to equate giftedness with academic achievement, but there are gifts and talents in other areas, too. Consider the areas of school leadership, social leadership, and interpersonal relationships.
SOI is advantageous in testing abilities for students who are gifted in areas that not only pertain to academic achievement, but also:
Students who demonstrate a propensity in arts, music, dance, and drama may be overlooked for their gifted area, as well.
GIFTED PROGRAM SELECTION
When you test a group of children to screen for the gifted, the expectation for the normal population is that 3% to 10% of the students will be selected. What about the 90+% who were not selected? The profiles for these children are just as valid diagnostically, telling you where they have strengths and where they need help to become better learners.
Conferences with parents of the near gifted can be made positive! Instead of saying “I’m sorry, your child missed the cut-off by three points,” you are able to let parents know that there is help available for their student. SOI offers training to improve low areas and enhance the near-gifted learning ability areas.
IMPLEMENTING A GIFTED PROGRAM
Before implementing a program in your school, there needs to be a pre-determined set of guidelines.
1. Decide on how many students can be in the program based upon your school population. Example: the total number of 3rd grade students in your school is 125. You would like 10% of those students to be eligible for the gifted program, so there would need to be 12 students who qualify.
2. Set a pre-qualification list. Example:
3. Use multiple selection tools. List the selection tools so that parents are satisfied that various “tests” are used for gifted qualification.
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