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Multicultural Assessment

The purpose of gifted education is to select able learners and educate those children appropriately, with the view of producing gifted young adults who actually make creative contributions to a profession or recognized field of endeavor, be it music or math, physics or painting, computer science or costume design, or devising winning strategies tailored to the talents of a particular basketball team. Traditional definitions of giftedness are norm referenced, usually with some combination of tests, but with IQ being the key factor in admissions identification. The result has been that too many children selected on IQ alone have been (or should have been) furloughed from the program for lack of achievement. Yet a very high IQ is, according to the traditional model, the essence of ...

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