ERIC Number: ED346697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-12
Increasing the Number of Minority Elementary Students Found Eligible for Placement in a Gifted Program by Enhancing the Quality of Screening Instruments and Inservice Training Provided to School Staff.
Kofsky, Gale E.
This practicum attempted to increase the number of minority elementary students in prekindergarten through grade 5 found eligible for placement in a gifted program by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the screening instruments and by providing inservice training to increase the understanding of gifted characteristics and program eligibility by school staff. Four hands-on inservice training sessions were used to familiarize teachers, counselors, and administrators in target schools with a preselected group of norm referenced screening instruments and with characteristics common to gifted minority and limited English proficient children. A matrix was developed to assist the Child Study Team in its review of referral information. The program met all four of its objectives: (1) a 10 percent increase in the percentage of Black and Hispanic students found eligible for placement in a gifted program; (2) an increase in the number of Black and Hispanic students screened for gifted testing in 80 percent of the low referring schools; (3) an increase in the percentage of young (prekindergarten through grade 2) minority students screened; and (4) improvement in the understanding of gifted characteristics and eligibility criteria of teachers and administrators. Appendixes include a record sheet of gifted screening information, the survey of gifted identification procedures and practices, an assessment of characteristics of giftedness, and a pilot gifted screening program log sheet. (64 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.