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http://gcq.sagepub.com Gifted Child Quarterly DOI: 10.1177/0016986207306318 2007; 51; 320 Gifted Child Quarterly Mary Ann Swiatek The Talent Search Model: Past, Present, and Future http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/51/4/320 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: National Association for Gifted Children can be found at: Gifted Child Quarterly Additional services and information for http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://gcq.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://gcq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/51/4/320 Citations by Katherine Prammer on April 21, 2009 http://gcq.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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320 The Talent Search Model: Past, Present, and Future Mary Ann Swiatek Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students Abstract: Typical standardized achievement tests cannot provide accurate information about gifted students’ abilities because they are not challenging enough for such students. Talent searches solve this problem through above-level testing—using tests designed for older students to raise the ceiling for younger, gifted students. Currently, talent search programs serve gifted students from grades 2 through 8 throughout the mainland United States and in several foreign countries. Extensive research demonstrates that above-level test scores differentiate among levels of gifted- ness and have important implications for educational planning. Students with high scores learn advanced material rapidly and well and thrive in accelerated learning settings. Therefore, talent searches have followed up on testing with educational programs, many of which focus on acceleration. Decades of research have documented both acad- emic and psychosocial benefits to participants. Perhaps the greatest challenge ahead of the talent searches is that of facilitating the appropriate education of gifted students in the school setting. Putting the Research to Use: The research that has proceeded from various talent search programs clearly has supported the use of above-level testing to determine the extent of a student’s ability in a domain and to predict future achievements. Research also has clearly demonstrated that gifted students, identified through talent search methods, are able to learn advanced material quickly and well. Therefore, talent search methods can be used by schools to test gifted students, either through external talent search programs or though the use of existing tests that are designed for students at least two grade levels above that of the gifted student(s) being tested. Results from this testing can be used to identify students for fast-paced programming, which can be implemented either within a school or across a larger area, such as a school district or a particular geographic region. Such programming can
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