ERIC Number: ED349742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Improving the Screening Process for Identifying Students with High Academic Potential from Minority Populations.
Ratliff, Mary A.
This practicum was designed to improve screening procedures for identifying students with high potential, to develop and field test screening instruments, and to increase the number of students with high potential from minority populations referred for further testing. Three screening instruments were developed for use in searching for students with high potential; a faculty workshop and grade-level team meetings were offered; and teachers were given a choice as to which screening instrument they wished to use. Using this approach in 2 schools, 140 additional students from minority populations were identified as students with possible high potential. Teachers participating in the workshop on student screening rated it very positively, and teachers (N=49) and parents (N=38) expressed satisfaction with the selected screening instrument. The practicum results indicate that it is important to allow flexibility for schools to personalize the process of screening for students with high potential, and that empowering individuals who are close to the students is the most effective way of implementing change. The practicum also found that when students in grades 3 and 5 completed the screening checklist themselves, clusters of traits were identified which were specific to White, Hispanic, and Black cultures. Appendixes contain survey forms, survey results, and practicum administration materials. (Contains approximately 70 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academically Gifted, Black Students, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Hispanic Americans, Inservice Teacher Education, Minority Groups, Screening Tests, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Test Construction, White Students
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.