Originally Posted by kgianforti
Or is every program different?
Every program is different. They are different not only in what it takes to qualify but also what the program entails. So basically you'll just have to ask what's available in your own school district.
Almost all school districts will provide the required testing. If you are interested in doing private testing to qualify your child for a gifted program first check which tests the school district you are interested in accepts.
Some schools don't do IQ testing. For example my school bases admission to the full time gifted program on the KBIT
One is a brief intelligence test. So it will give the school district an idea of where he falls. But no actual IQ results. The KTEA is an achievement test and told us where he was at in Math and Reading.
In our district they had to meet standards in both ability and achievement.
Different districts will be different and may even be different for different programs. I think the testing for our full time program is more involved that that for our pull-out program.