Research & Evaluation


Toward a Psychometrically Optimal Approach to Identifying Students for Gifted Programs

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 217 BC

Recent research has shown that common methods for identifying gifted students result in the exclusion of many qualified students from gifted education programs. One recent paper found that only one aspect of the problem (the nomination stage) itself may result in 60-70% of qualified students being incorrectly left out – and the situation grows only more severe when the impact of a common approach to multiple-criteria assessment is considered. In this session, we review common problems, present a statistically optimal approach to identification, and provide tools to design and evaluate identification systems.

Matthew Mcbee

Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology
East Tennessee State University


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Scott J. Peters

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Scott J. Peters is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater where he teaches courses on gifted education, educational assessment, and research methods. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University specializing in gifted and talented education with secondary areas in Applied Research Methodology and English Education. He has presented at the state, national, and international levels on topics dealing with gifted education, educational policy, and research methodology and currently serves on committees and as an officer of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, the National Association for Gifted Children and the American Education Research Association. He is the past recipient of the Fedlhusen Doctoral Fellowship in Gifted Education, the NAGC Research an Evaluation Network Dissertation Award, the NAGC Doctoral Student of the Year Award, and the UW – Whitewater Innovation and Outstanding Research Award. His scholarly work has appeared in Teaching for High Potential, Gifted Child Quarterly, the Journal of Advanced Academics, the Journal of Career and Technical Education Research, Ed Leadership, Ed Week, and Pedagogies. He is the first author of Beyond gifted education: Designing and implementing advanced academic programs – published by Prufrock Press.


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