ERIC Number: ED428469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Don't Throw Away the Old Binet.
Silverman, Linda; Kearney, Kathi
This article maintains that the older Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (Form L-M) is the best tool for assessing extraordinarily gifted children despite the acknowledged deficits of the scale in comparison with newer instruments. Although the article finds that the Stanford-Binet uses outdated terminology, is highly verbal, has 20-year-old norms, and is difficult to administer, it also notes that no newer measure, including the Stanford-Binet Fourth Edition includes, items which can differentiate exceptionally from moderately gifted children. The lack of highly gifted students in the normative sample is suggested as causing the systematic deflation of scores in the gifted range and some major differences in scores between tests. The paper offers three recommendations: (1) eligibility for gifted programs should be lowered to 120 to take into account the lower norms on newer instruments; (2) gifted children should be tested initially with one of the more recent tests to meet program eligibility requirements; (3) whenever a child obtains three or more subtest scores at or near the ceiling of a current instrument, the child should be retested on the Stanford-Binet (Form L-M). (DB)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academically Gifted, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Intelligence Quotient, Intelligence Tests, Psychometrics, Test Validity, Testing Problems
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Gifted Development Center, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale