Category: Special Schools & Programs

39 - Insights from Off-Level Test Performance of Young Test-Takers in a Talent Search Program

Friday, Nov 16
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

This session presents findings from analyses on a large data set that contains 21,485 ACT, 22,041 SAT, and 10,305 Explore scores taken off-level by 3rd to 9th graders in a Talent Search program. The focus of the research is how scores change with repeat test-taking within and across grades and how these patterns vary by gender or socio-economic status.


 

Saiying Steenbergen-Hu

Research Assistant Professor
Northwestern University, Center for Talent Development
Evanston, Illinois

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Director
Center for Talent Development
Evanston, Illinois

Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 35 years, she has worked to create programs and models to meet the need of diverse gifted learners, including distance learning programs, summer, and weekend programs. She has written and published extensively about issues in gifted education, with a particular focus on talent development for under-served gifted students.. She has served as the editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, and on the editorial boards of Gifted and Talented International, Roeper Review, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Gifted Child Today. She currently is on the board of trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and is president-elect of the Illinois Association for the Gifted. She also serves on the advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is Past President of the National Association for Gifted Children and received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009 from NAGC.


Susan Corwith

Associate Director
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

Susan Corwith oversees the Center’s Admissions, School and Family Services, Assessment, and Marketing and Communications departments, and brings to her role extensive experience in program design and evaluation, advocacy and outreach. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in educational leadership and policy analysis with an emphasis on high-quality programs for gifted students. For over 20 years Dr. Corwith has been active in the field of gifted education, working as a K-12 educator, gifted program coordinator, administrator and researcher. Dr. Corwith is also an instructor in the School of Education and Social Policy’s gifted master's and certificate programs. Prior to joining CTD, she was President of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted students.

Eric Calvert

Associate Director
Northwestern University, Center for Talent Development
Evanston, Illinois