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    Identification, Testing & Assessment
    Jump to new posts Re: Gifted and Talented program decision appeal by Anisotropic @ Yesterday at 06:02 PM

    My experience with the CogAT is generally not positive. At one point there was a >70 point split between kindergarten CogAT verbal (SAS in the 90s) and VCI on the WISC-IV (in the extended norms range). It's not necessarily a good instrument for ide
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    Jump to new posts Re: Any suggestions ? Houston Area evaluators (WISC-V) by lululo4321 @ Yesterday at 05:02 PM

    Those schools use either CAPS or Education Specialists. And, that isn't a recommendation, just information. If you find someone, I'd be interested in that information.
    General Discussion
    Jump to new posts Re: SAT scores compared to state testing data by Saritz @ Yesterday at 02:24 PM

    W live in Texas and I have a low opinion of the STAAR test in general. STAAR is not necessarily accurate as a measure of how your individual child is doing in school and I'm not sure it's even intended to be so. It is high-stakes testing designed
    Identification, Testing & Assessment
    Jump to new posts Re: Any suggestions ? Houston Area evaluators (WISC-V) by Saritz @ Yesterday at 01:47 PM

    There is an organization PEAS that I looked into a while back. They do all kinds of comprehensive evaluations, but are expensive. Maybe consider calling some of the private schools admissions departments, such as St. John's, Kinkaid, Awty, the Vi
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    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by Tigerle @ Yesterday at 07:17 AM

    I have some of her dadís books and love them. Never mind whether the world needs more child composers, this Mama needed more well written books about linguistics! Edited to add I guess this is my way of saying that I fully agree with all the PPs who
    General Discussion
    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by Wren @ Yesterday at 04:45 AM

    There is a little girl named Harmony Zhu, from Toronto, whose parents moved to NYC to put her in precollege juilliard. She just plays the piano but composed seriously from the age of 5. Whether it is opportunity is more available, more people in th
    Parenting and Advocacy
    Jump to new posts Re: Happy but not challenged. How to advocate? by philly103 @ 06/15/19 05:27 PM

    Originally Posted By: homeros2Hi Philly. I just read this and was wondering how the meeting went and if things have changed for your child at school? We find ourselves in a very similar situation: DS5 adapts himself to whatever work or level they giv
    General Discussion
    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by jckdw @ 06/15/19 11:46 AM

    The difference between a child musician and a musician is that a musician is an adult whose main occupation is music whereas a child musician is a child who is still learning (1) all of the other things (reading, writing, math, science), (2) social s
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    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by aeh @ 06/15/19 09:18 AM

    I'm with Portia. One of ours has similar interests (although nowhere near the magnitude or precocity of accomplishment), and I cannot imagine holding DC back from creating and performing music, even if only for a private circle. We have been able to
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    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by Portia @ 06/15/19 07:26 AM

    I am confident Alma, herself, was not "pushed" by her parents. The higher likelihood is that she has a need to compose more important than breathing - the family is racing to just keep up. Denying her the freedom to compose and pursue her interests
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    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by jckdw @ 06/15/19 07:15 AM

    I don't know. What would have happened if she'd had a normal childhood and then had lots of support and teaching when she went to college and studied music then? Do you think she would have lost interest in composing, or would she just have become a
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    Jump to new posts Re: Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by Portia @ 06/14/19 07:24 PM

    Thank you for the article Bostonian. This type of thing has me on the soapbox so quickly, it makes my own head spin. She has 2 parents who had to quit their jobs in order to properly provide an education when those who teach in her field of interes
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    Jump to new posts Alma Deutscher (musical prodigy) by Bostonian @ 06/14/19 06:53 PM

    A Musical Prodigy? Sure, but Donít Call Her Ďa New Mozartí By Melissa Eddy New York Times June 14, 2019 VIENNA ó Alma Deutscher has not yet become a household name, but it seems only a matter of time. An accomplished pianist and violinist, she is
    Identification, Testing & Assessment
    Have you checked the Hoagies Gifted Education Page, Psychologists familiar with the gifted? There are a few under 3 hours from Houston (Austin, San Antonio) and a couple more about 4 hours from Houston (Colleyville and Denton... near Dallas). You m
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    Jump to new posts Re: SAT scores compared to state testing data by Appleton @ 06/12/19 12:30 PM

    I received my child's STAAR scores and he did better this year on the reading exam. He scored in the 81st percentile for reading, which qualifies as "masters grade level" and the 86th percentile for writing which falls in the lower "meets grade level
    GT Research
    Jump to new posts Re: District gifted program design by indigo @ 06/12/19 04:35 AM

    Wonderful posts as usual, puffin. Yes, unfortunately, teachers and administrators frequently do ignore evidence-based and researched solutions. It is important for parents to be aware of both: - what is indicated by the body of research, - a sch
    GT Research
    Jump to new posts Re: District gifted program design by puffin @ 06/12/19 03:09 AM

    My favourite year was when they put the 3 identified gifted kids in the same class then had pull out classes where each teacher could send 2 kids.
    GT Research
    Jump to new posts Re: District gifted program design by puffin @ 06/12/19 03:04 AM

    The problem is it doesn't matter how much research you present or how good it is. If the people in charge have bought into the "all children do better in mixed classrooms", "all children are gifted" or whatever they will be unshakeable. The ones th
    GT Research
    Jump to new posts Re: District gifted program design by indigo @ 06/11/19 01:58 PM

    The articles on research studies, discussed in this recent thread, may be of interest in designing your gifted program.
    GT Research
    Here's another article on the topic of this research: 4 Ways Schools Help or Hinder Gifted Students by Sarah D. Sparks April 15, 2019 Education Week Vol. 38, Issue 29, Page 8 Published in Print: April 17, 2019, as Studies Show How Schools Hinder or H
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