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Hoagies' Blog Hop February 2015: Testing
start this year's Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hop with a tough topic...
Testing. Testing means so many things in this day and age.
It means those public school achievement tests that take weeks and
months away from our kids' instructional year, much to the dismay of
kids, parents, teachers, administrators... just about everyone.
But with gifted kids, testing can also mean high-stakes IQ
tests that do, or don't, qualify our kids for the "gifted" program
or school... whether it suits our kids or not.
To homeschooling parents, testing may bring up feelings of it being
unnecessary. Homeschoolers already meet their kids instructional
needs, so why test at all? Then there are our 2e kids, to whom
testing can mean the difference between diagnosis and folks
understanding and supporting them, or folks calling them "lazy" or
"unmotivated." Testing is a loaded topic!
For more on testing, visit Hoagies' Testing
and Assessment, and read the FAQs including
How Can I Prepare My Child for Testing?
by Aimee Yermish, and
Do the Tests Tell Us? and Why do my
child's test scores vary from test to test? by Carolyn K.
and Ceiling Tiles: A Call for Civil Disobedience by
Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts
on Life and Learning
- After I wrote the article (Pop
the Bubbles: Thoughts on Standardized Testing), I learned from teachers
and administrators that the testing burden on students and schools
nationwide is worse than I described. The burden is so bad, in fact, that
for the first time in my life, I am asking parents to consider a form of
civil disobedience. In particular, I am calling on parents of high-ability
children who attend non-poverty school districts to consider keeping their
children home on standardized testing days. In this article, I give reasons
for my request... (comic credit:
Comic-O-Matic by Margo Burns)
Gifted Testing: A Beginner's Guide by
Carolyn K., in
Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
- Gifted Testing. What is it? Why should we do it? What are the best tests
to use? What do the results mean? And most often asked... How can I prepare
my child for Gifted Testing?
Gifted Testing In Singapore From A Parent's Perspective by
- I had originally decided against testing. It is not cheap, and there is
nothing much one could do with the results. I found one after googling. When
I had checked out MOE’s website, there was something on acceleration for
exceptionally gifted children. It would require testing to recognise him.
Was he in that range? While I could check off a number of criteria listed by
on that page, there were other criteria that were not that strong...
To Test or Not To Test? by Catie, My
- As a school psychologist, I am often asked my opinion on testing. Since
starting this silly little blog, I receive oodles of messages about testing
for giftedness. Deciding whether or not to test your child is a difficult
one, and I know this firsthand because Schizz and I went back and forth
about having Leo tested for many, many months. Ultimately, the decision to
test or not to test is a personal decision. Today, I will share with you how
we came to our decision, in the hopes that it may help others who are on
similar paths. ...
Not Everyone Hates Tests (Just Most of Us) by Linda Wallin,
Living with Geniuses
- I had noticed some difficulties when she did her math homework. She
could solve the math easily when I drew a picture, but she couldn’t remember
how her teacher had explained it to her. It was enough for me to have her
Tests for Tests Sake by
- When I was a gifted kid – both before I knew I was a gifted kid and after
I knew I was a gifted kid – I loved doing tests. They were one of the few
times in my schooling and the life surrounding my schooling where I actually
felt that my intellectual ability (that I knew very well that I had even
when I was in educational environments where it was obvious that I was
supposed to try and hide it) was allowed to come out. Where I was allowed to
be smart and show off what I knew...
How to explain IQ testing to your gifted child by
Gail Post in
- • Explain to your child that she is being tested to see if the teachers
can understand her more. The results will help the teachers find ways to
make learning more interesting. The more they know about what she does best,
the easier it will be for them to sort out how to make school the best it
can be for her...
To Test, or Not To Test -- That Is the Question by
Braver than you believe
- I knew they were different. I knew they would never really fit in. Why
did it matter what numbers they were assigned by a test?
It mattered because I wanted to give them something to hold on to. Something
that told them why they were so very different. Not something to define
them, but something to inspire them, something to give them permission to be
everything they are without being labeled just "odd..."
Keeping Score by
Diane Hale, in Schooling the Gifted
- It is human nature to want to quantify, compare and analyze. Tests help
us do just that. The final score of the football game tells us one piece of
information and paints part of the picture. As we look closer, though, and
identify how many passing yards one team had over another, the picture
starts to fill in more. We begin to see that there is data along the way
that can help us predict the outcome. The number of injuries one team
sustains during the game, even the temperature of the stadium can all factor
into the equation. Testing in school is similar to this...
- When you're sitting well below "middle class," testing becomes a big
issue. In looking for anywhere to do the testing we'd need, we found that we
were, quite neatly, excluded from any sort of testing. Not only are there no
practitioners within 100 miles of us that are familiar with gifted children,
the only practitioners we could find in the local-ish area were those who
either seemed to purport all children having some fashion of LD (be it ADHD,
ODD, or something else) or who believe that there are not such things as
ADHD or childhood anxiety. Needless to say, neither of these are suitable
for testing for giftedness, given the intensity of OE's we have. However,
going farther afield doesn't help much either...
Gifted Testing… Elitist?… Limited?… Necessary? by
- If you think of “G” as being the sum of those cognitive abilities that are
highly valued and cultivated in our society, then the creation of a test
that focuses on the degree to which one possesses these abilities makes
sense…especially if the political will in education is to cultivate those
highly valued abilities in both the “average” child and “not so average”
child. So in using cognitive testing there must be a recognition that there
are many abilities or gifts that may not be measured by the tests we are
Gifted Testing Dilemma by
Planet Smarty Pants
- I think many of us heard this question before: My toddler started to walk
at 8 months, talk at 10, knows all her letters by 18 months. Is she gifted?
Where can I get her tested? My immediate reaction to these inquiries is, Why
do you want to know? I believe we need to inspect our real reasons for
wanting to know “the gifted status” of our children. Is there anything that
you will do differently or anyone else will do differently with your
children if you can officially label them as gifted? Or is “gifted” label is
something that you want to have, so you can get “bragging rights"?
Test or Not To Test Gifted Children by
Children Grow, Children
Explore, Children Learn
- I know for us screening or testing is a matter of fact, do I like it? No,
I do not after raising a child who was developmentally delayed, and was told
she would never learn to ride a bike, or play an instrument, to which she
proved them wrong. Yet, knowing that much of the testing and screening they
put her through was accurate...
September 01, 2016