It is supposed to be based on test scores. I have some issues with this topic. 10-years-ago, you very rarely heard of a profoundly gifted child let alone met one. The term was reserved for 10-year-olds at the university and the like. In the last few years, suddenly you hear it all the time. It could be due to the SBV and latest WISC. The general cut-off for gifted moved from 130 to 120 and the HG/PG numbers greatly compressed. I feel bad sometimes because I'll be listening to someone talk about their profoundly gifted child and I'm thinking "really?" PG just doesn't seem to look like it used to look. I'm not suggesting they're lying. I just never would consider my own kids PG and yet they are often years ahead of tested PG kids we've met.
My kids were tested in school at the 99.9th percentile. I take it with a grain of salt because the measure used is not the greatest. This does qualify my DD for the HG program in her high school. My DS's GATE program doesn't differentiate. 98th percentil and higher is just considered gifted.
Level of giftedness is only part of the picture when finding an educational fit. Personality, drive, exposure, opportunity, social awareness, all sorts of things influence how a child works in school. I've met tested MG kids who don't fit AT ALL in school. I've met kids with PG scores who do well with no agressive accomodation.
Edited by whatsnextmom - 3/14/11 at 7:56am