Gifted and Talented Testing
Specialized provides cognitive or IQ testing for parents seeking more information about a gifted child’s abilities. Reasons for obtaining private IQ or cognitive testing may include collecting evidence to support eligibility for gifted and talented programs, making a case for a more challenging curriculum, or simply wanting to know a child’s level of cognitive functioning for educational planning purposes. Individually administered cognitive ability tests tend to be more accurate and reliable than typical group ability tests used in Texas schools. Our licensed psychologists administer IQ testing in a private, child-friendly testing room. The confidential results are shared with parents, who may do as they wish with results.
In 1987, the Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve gifted and talented students at all grade levels. In Houston, and throughout Texas, schools are committed to providing specialized educational curriculum for gifted and talented students. Examples of gifted and talented programs in Houston include the Cypress Fairbanks ISD Horizons Program and the Houston ISD Vanguard Program. These programs offer enhanced educational programming for children who qualify.
Definitions of gifted and talented vary. In general, “gifted and talented student” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment and who Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area; Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or Excels in a specific academic field.
Texas schools typically offer gifted and talented testing annually. Schools are required to determine eligibility based on several sources of data. If a child does not qualify for the G/T program, then parents may appeal the decision.
Specialized provides cognitive and psychoeducational assessment which provides information regarding a child’s strengths and weaknesses and levels of academic achievement. This information can be helpful for determining potential eligibility for gifted and talented programs.
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