Evaluations for Placement in Gifted Program (Palm Beach County)
- Score of 130 on an individually administered intelligence test
- Score at or above the 90th percentile on an individually administered brief test of reading or math skills
- A majority of characteristics of a “gifted student” endorsed on a checklist by a current or previous teacher
- Determination of the need for a “gifted” curriculum
Students can be tested by a school psychologist in school or by a private licensed psychologist.
I administer the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV) to children 6 and older and the Wechsler Primary & Preschool Intelligence Scale (WPPSI-IV) to 4 and 5 year olds. The WPPSI-IV is the latest edition of this test published in October 2012. I also administer brief reading and math screening tests that are required for eligibility.
An entire evaluation and discussion of results takes one and one-half hours. The actual testing takes from 40-50 minutes. Typically, 4 and 5 year olds take less time than older children because they’re not administered as many test items. I score the tests immediately and discuss the results with you. I’ll let you know if your child qualifies for a gifted program. If the child doesn’t qualify, we’ll discuss any other educational options including private vs. public schools. A report that is emailed to you within a couple of days. If your child qualifies for the gifted program, you submit my report to your child’s current school for processing.
The fee for the evaluation, scoring, consultation and report is $325 payable in cash, check, Visa/Mastercard.
Why do other psychologists tell me that testing takes much longer and costs much more?
Over the years, I’ve heard of psychologists who require 2 hours or more, sometimes on two different days to do this testing. They may charge over $500. I don’t want to presume the motives of these psychologists, and I’m not sure what they’re doing in all this additional time, but this amount of time and cost is unwarranted. The manual for the new WPPSI-IV states that the administration time to determine the “Full Scale IQ” is 32 minutes for 4 and 5 year olds. Add 10 minutes for a math & reading screening and you’re at 45 minutes for the entire evaluation. Testing an older child takes about 10-15 minutes longer.
Should I have my child tested:
You may want to refer to information in the following websites to determine if your child exhibits characteristics typical of a “gifted” child. It’s important to know that advanced reading and/or math skills do not mean that your child necessarily has a “gifted” IQ. The IQ test measures various verbal and nonverbal cognitive skills and does not assess academic skills.
Will the school district test my child for gifted eligibility?
By law, school districts are required to identify and test children suspected of being “gifted”. The reality is quite different, however. If you can get a school to agree to test your child, you’ll likely wait many months for this to happen. Moreover, when they say they’ll test your child, what they really mean is that they’ll administer a screening test that takes about 20 minutes. This is usually the K-BIT, Kaufman Brief Test of Intelligence. A score on this test cannot qualify a child for gifted placement. Only if your child scores above 120 on this test will the school district proceed to administer an individual IQ test for eligibility. This can take several more months.
Characteristics of gifted children and resources
When should I test my child:
Preschoolers: Palm Beach County School District guidelines require that the child be tested after January 1 of the year he/she will enter kindergarten. Students in public & private elementary school: Students can be tested at anytime during the year.
What should I tell my child prior to testing:
I suggest you tell your child that “you’re going to doing some work, kind of like school work, to tell what’s the best class in school for you to be in”. Try to avoid the word, “test” as this makes some children nervous. Also avoid the word, “games” as the child may expect to play games and not take the process seriously.
Evaluations for the Weiss School & Jupiter Academy:
The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens requires the administration of an IQ test for admission. Jupiter Academy has a part-time pullout program for students who qualify with an IQ of 130. Academic testing is not required for these schools.