Gifted Students:

Prevalence

Level * IQ Range * Prevalence
Mildly Gifted * 115-129 * 1:6-1:44
Moderately Gifted * 130-144 * 1:44-1:1,000
Highly Gifted * 145-159 * 1:1,000-1:10,000
Exceptionally Gifted * 160-179 * 1:10,000-1:1 million
Profoundly Gifted * 180+ * Fewer than 1:1 million

Characteristics

  • Well Developed Sense of Humor
  • Perfectionist
  • Intense Interests
  • Long Attention Span
  • Quick Learner
  • Unusual Imagination

Identification

  • Multiple types of information (indicators, academic achievement, cognitive abilities, motivation)
  • Multiple sources of information ( test scores, school grades, comments by teachers, specialty area teacher, counselors, peers, parents, and the student themselves)
  • Multiple time periods to ensure students are not missed by a single procedure

Impact of being gifted on cognitive functioning

  • Cope better with stress
  • More sensitive to interpersonal conflicts and experience greater degrees of stress than peers
  • Self-concept changes over time

Impact of being gifted on socio-emotional functioning

  • Inhibited by lack of relevant and clear definitions of constructs
  • Trying to "fit in"
  • Atypical behaviors
  • Perfectionist
  • Perceive themselves as "different"

Impact of being Gifted on day-to-day functioning

  • Easily distracted
  • Feel unchallenged
  • Work open-ended
  • Sequential learners
  • Need teacher guidance