Assessment of Giftedness
Discuss Gayle’s test results with your Learning Team.
Write a 1,050 to 1,400 word paper addressing each of the six questions at the end of this assignment.
Format your paper according to APA guidelines.
Case of Gayle
Gayle began taking piano lessons at age 4. By the time she was 10 years old, she was a proficient pianist, had completed in several statewide youth piano competitions, and had recently won the prestigious national Chopin Youth Piano Competition. Gayle had already decided that she wants to be a professional musician. In school, Gayle performs well academically. Her fifth grade teacher believes that Gayle’s musical ability as well as her high level of academic performance demonstrates gifted characteristics. So, the teacher decides to refer Gayle to be screened for the gifted and talented program. Gayle passed the screening test and was assessed for identification of giftedness. In Gayle’s school, to qualify for the gifted and talented program, students have to meet specific criteria for superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and visual or performing arts ability as indicated in the table below:
Superior Cognitive Ability
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
Minimum standard score of two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement on the Composite Score and on at least one of the batteries.
Specific Academic Ability
Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement (WJ III ACH)
Minimum 95% percentile on all the following subtests:
1. Passage Comprehension
2. Applied Problems
3. Writing Samples
Creative Thinking Ability
Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS)
Minimum raw score of 32 on the Creativity Scale.
Visual or Performing Arts Ability
1. Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS)
2. Display of work in art or music