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NUMATS and Gifted Talent Search: What, Why, How

posted Jul 19, 2014, 8:10 PM by M. Thomas   [ updated Jul 19, 2014, 8:14 PM ]
We are approaching annual registration time for Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) testing through the Center for Talent Development (CTD). 

Because registration in August / September coincides with the busy weeks when students return to school, we are providing early resources for you to explore. 

What is NUMATS?

Started in 1982, NUMATS ... offers above-grade-level testing for high-performing students in grades 3 through 9. This Talent Search approach is an extremely well-researched and respected program model in gifted education.

NUMATS uses tests intended for older students to provide a more accurate measurement of aptitude, because studies show that students who score in the top 10% on school achievement tests differ widely from average students in their abilities and educational needs. In-grade achievement tests just don’t accurately represent these gifted students’ potential. 

NUMATS also provides help to families and educators to interpret students' scores and to choose academic interventions that work best for these students. Testing date options generally begin in late October and extend into January or early February. Visit MCGT on Facebook for photos of the 2014 NUMATS student honorees.

Quick Access to NUMATS Q & A
Further Information About Talent Search Programs