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ERIC Number: EJ1091763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Intelligence, IQ, Tests, and Assessments: What Do Parents Need to Know? What Should They Tell Their Kids?
Matthews, Dona; Foster, Joanne
Parenting for High Potential, v4 n1 p4-6, 8, 16 Sep 2014
Embarking on the standardized testing process often leads parents of gifted children to other questions about intelligence, tests, and assessment practices. What is intelligence? Do IQ tests measure it? Are there better ways of deciding who needs gifted programming? What can parents request by way of results and their interpretation? Should parents tell their children about their test results? Parents whose children attend public school know that most gifted testing and assessments are managed by the school or district. Those seeking private school or alternate programming options may need outside tests in order to qualify for specific gifted programs. Specifics can be confusing--answers to these questions can inform parents in securing the best possible educational opportunities for their children. Before the author addresses these questions, it is important to clarify the difference between tests and assessments. An assessment is a comprehensive study of a person's strengths and weaknesses, using a variety of approaches, including tests, inventories, questionnaires, interviews, observations, and reports from others. A test--an IQ test, a math test, a hearing test--is just one component of an assessment. Tests yield scores, whereas assessments yield findings and recommendations. In this article, the authors share information about intelligence, IQ tests, and assessments, in response to questions parents frequently ask.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
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