EVALUATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
Testing For Gifted Placement
Dr. Todd uses two individualized
educational tests, approved by the School District of the Palm Beaches for gifted placement.
One test is the current edition of the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT). Her preference,
however, is the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement, (W-J III
Normative Update-Ach), as it is used nationally for placement of exceptional
The Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement,Normative
The W-J III Normative Update-Ach. as it is
known, consists of a number of basic subtests, which are designed to
measure the core aspects of basic academic skills, which contribute to
academic achievement. The results are described in standard scores and
percentiles, as well as in age and grade equivalents. The test yields a
comprehensive profile of the child's actual achievement in core areas.
This test covers Reading, Math, Writing and Following Directions
For purposes of gifted
testing, the Palm Beach Public Schools district requests only scores on
the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, Normative Update on
the Broad Reading Cluster and the Broad Math Cluster. Both the Broad
Reading Cluster and the Broad Math Cluster consists of three subtests.
Broad Reading Cluster
Identification measures basic reading skills in identifying letters and
words and pronouncing words correctly. It also offers insight into a
child’s phonetic word attack skills.
measures the ability to read very simple sentences, under a timed
condition, while retaining an understanding of the
statement. The person determines if the statement is true or false.
consists of three parts, with the beginning level consisting
of a pictographic representation of a word that is matched with a
symbol. Next, pictured items must be matched with a short phrase
describing one of the pictures. Lastly, a short passage is read and a
missing key word identified to give meaning to the paragraph.
Math Calculation measures basic arithmetic skills in the
basic math processes such as; addition, subtraction,
multiplication, division, fractions, algebra, trigonometry
Math Fluency measures the ability to solve simple
addition, subtraction and multiplication facts quickly.
Applied Problems requires a person to analyze and
solve math problems.
When a parent or teacher
needs a quick assessment of a child’s basic skills in reading math
calculation and spelling, the current version of the Wide Range Achievement Test
is an accurate
and quick assessment tool. This test can be administered in a group for
the math and spelling sections and individually for the reading portion.
A grade level equivalent score is obtained. This test is relatively
inexpensive. High sores on this test may indicate the need for a more
comprehensive achievement test, especially if the child is being
considered for a program for the gifted or is being considered for
Gifted Testing Criteria For Academic Testing
The criteria established by
the Palm Beach County School District for admission into their gifted programs is a
percentile score of 90 or above on an individually administered
standardized, approved educational test. For the Woodcock-Johnson
III Tests of Achievement, Normative Update, the Broad Cluster score and the Broad Math
Cluster score is used. Children must obtain a qualifying score in one or
both of the clusters. For very young children, the Broad Reading Cluster scores cannot be obtained
and thus may be incomplete. In this case, the school system requests an
additional subtest in reading nonsense words. A Brief Reading scores
obtained. This score must fall in the 90 percentile or above.