Identifying intellectually gifted learners.

Gifted Testing

What is gifted testing?

Gifted testing is intelligence testing for children which occurs annually in most elementary schools throughout Toronto and the GTA.  The purpose of gifted testing is to identify students with special learning needs due to their exceptional level of intelligence, as measured on an IQ test.  Students who meet the criteria of the Gifted exceptionality may be formally identified through the Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process, as an exceptional student.  These students may then qualify for placement in a Gifted Program.

What is the gifted criteria?

Every school board has slightly different criteria for testing and formally identifying and placing gifted students.  Most model the Toronto District School Board procedures. Gifted testing usually involves the administration of an intelligence test (e.g., Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th Edition).  The WISC-V evaluates verbal and non-verbal intelligence and provides an IQ score.  With few exceptions, in most school boards, gifted students must score in the top two percent of students their age.  Students who have been IPRC’d as Learning Disabled or who are English as a Second Language learners, may qualify for the Gifted exceptionality under somewhat modified criteria.

How do I get my child tested for giftedness?