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We've been trying to get copies of the results of Casper's gifted testing done in Georgia since before spring break. I'll spare the ugly runaround details, but we got them today, and I think her existing scores will be good enough to get her into the [public school] Gifted Academy that's moving to the elementary school a 10-minute walk from our house.

Can I brag? I'll cut-tag it if you are squeamish.

Using a CogAT (nationally standardized test of cognitive ability), she got 98% in Verbal, 96% in Quantitative, 79% in Nonverbal (which seems, from a quick Google, to be largely about spatial understanding), for a combined total of 97%.

In unplanned coincidences news, Dillo was given a CogAT test at school in February, without their telling us, and his scores came home last week. He got a 98% on Verbal, 92% on Quantitative, 71% on Nonverbal, for a combined total of 92%. The accompanying letter tells us that does not qualify for gifted, but he tested high enough that he will be screened again in the fall. (I think the Ohio standard is 95%ile across the board.)

So, both kids are really smart, though they sure do have different ways of showing it. Dillo is a reading machine, and can do addition and subtraction already (in K; they teach them); Casper comes off as sharp as a tack to meet her, although her grades are only A-B. Dillo I think will have an easier academic row to hoe, if only because he is a good reader and I suspect a more straightforward, linear thinker than Casper. Which is I think an argument for getting Casper into the Gifted Academy if we can.

We were talking about it last weekend with Dillo but not Casper in the room, and he got really upset about the possibility of Casper not going to the same school as him, and then when we mentioned he might be able to go to the new school too (neighborhood school will start a K and maybe a 1st grade in the same building), he didn't like that idea either. So I'm torn about the change, but boy would it be nice to see Casper truly engaged with school in an area besides Science (where she always gets 100%). And maybe have a school with a vibe more like us.

Date: 2012-04-17 11:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] veejane
Does a relatively low score in spatial reasoning indicate that my inability to rearrange my furniture correctly the first time is GENETIC??

Because it always takes me at least three tries, sometimes five, before I find the ideal furniture arrangement. That's with measuring and drawing beforehand.

Date: 2012-04-18 12:27 am (UTC)
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Yay for smart bunnies. I definitely think it's worth trying to get Casper in the gifted school. My gifted classes were a godsend, and even better, the less structured learning that my entire middle school got. It was truly the difference between loving school and hating it for me. And while that also came with the difference between middle school and high school, quite a transition, it was well worth it to have the more appropriate curricula.

Date: 2012-04-18 02:49 am (UTC)
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Yay possibility of neighborhood school!! Very funny that their weak points were both nonverbal.

And never fear, she may end up loving other classes later in life--when I was younger I loved reading and hated math, because I was good at one and not the other. But as I got older, math was much better (because it was less about adding and subtracting and more about abstract concepts) and reading was harder (because I just wanted to READ, not analyze the meaning of the color green in the Great Gatsby!)


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