TBT | NUMATS and Gifted Talent Search
Our first Throwback Thursday post connects to our upcoming October 2015 chapter meeting.
We are approaching annual registration time for Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) testing through the Center for Talent Development (CTD).
Because registration coincides with the busy weeks when students return to school, we are providing early resources for you to explore.
What is NUMATS?
Started in 1982, NUMATS … offers above-grade-level testing for high-performing students in grades 3 through 9. This Talent Search approach is an extremely well-researched and respected program model in gifted education.
NUMATS uses tests intended for older students to provide a more accurate measurement of aptitude, because studies show that students who score in the top 10% on school achievement tests differ widely from average students in their abilities and educational needs. In-grade achievement tests just don’t accurately represent these gifted students’ potential.
NUMATS also provides help to families and educators to interpret students’ scores and to choose academic interventions that work best for these students.
Testing date options generally begin in late October and extend into January or early February. Visit MCGT on Facebook for photos of the 2014 NUMATS student honorees.
Quick Access to NUMATS Q & A
- CTD 2013 – New Research Supports Above-Level Testing and Gifted Programming (.pdf)
- VIDEO: NUMATS Webinar: Overview of Above Grade-Level Testing
- Who should consider NUMATS or similar opportunities? – Eligibility and Fees / Financial Aid
- What should students and parents expect? – General Schedule
- Where do I register my student and choose a local testing date / location? – Online Registration
- Are additional Educator resources available? – Yes!
Further Information About Talent Search Programs
- Talent Search: Purposes, Rationale, and Role in Gifted Education
- Belin Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) at the University of Iowa
- Talent Search at John’s Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
- Talent Identification Program (TIP) at Duke University
Originally posted at St. Croix Valley Gifted 7/19/2014