Assessment of Giftedness

What is an Assessment of Giftedness?

An assessment of giftedness is used to determine if a client is cognitively or academically gifted.  The information yielded in this evaluation can provide valuable information to help teams plan school services and families find enrichment activities for the client. 

Ohio defines a student who is gifted as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment” (Ohio Revised Code 3324.01).  Gifted identification can occur in the following areas:

  • Superior cognitive ability

  • Specific academic ability: mathematics, reading/writing, science, and social studies

  • Creative thinking ability

  • Visual or performing arts ability: dance, drama, music, and visual arts.

Who Might Need an Assessment of Giftedness?

If you or your child is exhibiting signs of giftedness, you may need an assessment.  Common signs of giftedness include:

  • Fast Learner

  • Asynchronous Development

  • Exceptional Memory

  • Unusually Advanced Language Skills, Including Vocabulary

  • High Comprehension Skills

  • Very Curious

  • May Be Twice-Exceptional

What Will the Assessment Look Like?

Based on the need of the student, an assessment may include:

  • Interviews with the parent and child or client

  • Classroom Observations

  • Cognitive Ability Assessments (IQ)

  • Academic Achievement Assessment

    • Basic Reading Skills

    • Reading Fluency

    • Reading Comprehension

    • Math Calculation

    • Math Problem Solving

    • Spelling

    • Written Expression

  • Social/Emotional Assessments

    • Inattention

    • Impulsivity

    • Executive Functioning

    • Mental Health (Related to Learning)

    • Social Skills (Related to Learning)

Once you’ve completed your final testing session and all associated paperwork has been returned, the feedback session will be scheduled approximately three weeks from that point.  During that time, the assessments are scored, data is compiled, and a through report is written.  You will receive a draft copy of the report during the feedback session.  Any changes that need to be made or any additional information that needs to be added will be done so at that time.