NDAGC Webinar Newsletter

August 2020

NDAGC Webinar Library

If you missed our webinar, you can find it archived in our NDAGC Webinar Library. Just visit the Membership Portal. You can now earn 1 Professional Developmental Credit for attending these webinars: NDAGC Homepage. Contact Yee Han Chu at yhc.ndagc@gmail.com for more information.

Ensuring Equitable and Defensible Assessment of Gifted and Talented Students

How do we create an equitable and defensible assessment process for identifying students with gifts and talents? In this webinar, educators will learn how to create an assessment data-driven identification process that helps ensure that every student learns something new every day. A specific emphasis will be placed on how to avoid overlooking students from underserved backgrounds. The webinar will address identification myths along with a discussion of best practices such as universal screening, local norms, the importance of “or,” and Renzulli’s Talent Pool Approach. Attendees will review a case example provided by the Fargo Public Schools’ PETS (Primary Education Thinking Skills) Program.

August Webinar Hosts

Yee Han Chu

Yee Han Chu is the Academic Support and Fellowship Opportunities Coordinator at the University of North Dakota. She is also the Chair of the North Dakota Association for Gifted Children.

Alicia Schroeder-Schock

Alicia Schroeder-Schock taught in an elementary classroom for five years and now is currently a GATE teacher with West Fargo Public Schools.

Ann Duchscher

Ann Duchscher is the Coordinator for the Fargo Public Schools Gifted Services program.
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Webinar Highlights

Underrepresented Gifted and Talented Population Statistics

  • Black, Hispanic, and Native American students are underrepresented by about 50 percent (Ford, 1999)
  • An ELL student only has a 40% chance of being identified (National Center for Research on Gifted Education)

How can the Equity Problem be Addressed?

Addressing the Equity Problem

  • use local norms and sub-scores to locate the top 10%
  • use multiple assessments
  • develop cultural sensitive identification protocols
  • equal opportunity to accessing universal screening


Assessments are:

  • qualitative
  • performance
  • qualitative
Assessments provide:
  • information about identification
  • represent historically unrepresented gifted students
  • learning progress- assesses for growth

The Talent Pool Approach

Step 1: Test Score Nominations

Step 2: Teacher Nominations

Step 3: Alternative Pathways

Step 4: Special Nominations


Primary Education Thinking Skills
  • an alternative assessment pathway for identification
  • utilizes critical thinking skills


Schoolwide Enrichment Model by Joseph S. Renzulli, E.d.D & Sally M. Reis, Ph.D



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