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ERIC Number: EJ1227777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Assessment, Acceleration, and Optimal Learning: The Talent Search Model
Corwith, Susan
Parenting for High Potential, v8 n3 p16-19 Sep 2019
Providing an optimal match in the pace of instruction and level of content increases student engagement and is essential for all students. And while the idea of optimal match makes sense educationally, it can be challenging to determine what pace and level of instruction is optimal for gifted students. Fortunately, there is an effective, research-based method for creating optimal match learning environments for gifted students. The model, known as Talent Search, was founded in the early 1970s by Dr. Julian Stanley at Johns Hopkins University as a way to identify exceptional mathematical reasoning ability in middle school students, through above-grade-level testing (giving younger students a test designed for older students, such as the SAT®). Since its origins, Talent Search programs have expanded beyond mathematics to assess both mathematical and verbal areas in elementary and middle school children. Today's Talent Search model consists of multiple components: (1) Early diagnosis and evaluation; (2) Guidance and recommendations for educational placement in school; and (3) Talent development opportunities. This article describes how the Talent Search centers and programs work and the importance of testing above grade level. A list of Talent Search programs/organizations and information on how to participate in Talent Search are also included.
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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