Young gifted scholars were invited to take the ACT or SAT as part of Duke University’s seventh grade talent search. The Talent Identification Program test takers sat alongside college-bound 11th and 12th grade students and took the advanced tests as a way to better measure their academic capabilities.
All of the TIP seventh graders had already scored at or above the 95th percentile on grade-level achievement tests, and many went on to receive ACT or SAT scores rivaling or surpassing those of their high school counterparts.
“Above-level testing more accurately measures the academic capabilities of gifted students,” explains TIP Executive Director Shawna Young. “A 99 percent score on a grade-level test only tells parent that their children have mastered the material at the grade level.
“By providing gifted students with a way to take an above-grade-level test, Duke TIP offers families a more accurate picture of their children’s academic potential and provides families with guidance on enrichment activities and next steps in learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.”
As part of this guidance, TIP provides its talent search participants with a comparative score results summary to help them interpret their scores on the ACT or SAT. The highest scoring students are also invited to attend a State Recognition Ceremony or the Grand Recognition Ceremony.
The Grand Recognition Ceremony took place May 22 in Greenville, NC. Duke TIP honored 500 seventh graders who scored better than 90 percent of high school seniors taking the SAT or ACT. Aldine ISD student Haley Crawford was among the “TIPsters” invited to attend.
The opportunity to take an above-grade-level test is one of many benefits Duke TIP provides its seventh grade participants. Through a variety of enrichment materials, special publications, and optional educational programs, students enrolled in TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identify and understand their academic strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements.
Duke TIP also provides their parents and teachers with research-based advice and other resources so that they can support their gifted students at a crucial time in their development—when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future.
In addition to the talent search, TIP operates a number of summer and year-round academic programs for students who meet eligibility requirements—including TIP’s prestigious Summer Studies Program held at Duke University, other US colleges, and in China.
For more information, visit Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search.
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