I've lurked here in the past...back when DS1 was a toddler and I was trying to figure stuff out. He never really struck me as exceptional with memory or math or reading, but DH and I are both have PhDs and he was an early bloomer and I was a late bloomer, so I kept an eye here just as a precaution, so to speak ;). I was more focused on autism or aspergers, to be frank.
Well, in the meantime I kind of fell away from worrying about DS1 and started worrying about other stuff (like DS2). Anyway, DS1 had a great first year of kindergarten and I was happy that he got a great teacher and he didn't seem to have social or behavior problems. Well...this week we got back the "gifted" testing. Only 10 of the 120 kindergarteners placed and low and behold DS1 was one of them?!?! Somehow it totally took me by surprise (as opposed to most of the other parents who seemed convinced their kids would pass the tests and didn't -- quite an uproar amongst some of them). He really aced the cognitive and acheivement tests, both in verbal and math.
I'm not saying my DS is some genius or anything...these were just basic tests (Iowa and CoGat or something like that?). But still...I now know he's testing 99th percentile in most arenas now and I feel like it's changed my perception of him a bit. And I guess I don't know exactly what it all means, if anything.
If we were staying at this school he'd be in the gifted program (one day of the week they are pulled out for basically the whole day). But we are moving and I don't think the new school even has a gifted program. And if they did, would they take his test results and apply them there?
Hmmm.. Not quite sure where I'm going with this. But I can't talk about it with people here b/c they are all upset (previous years they used tests where 40% of kids were testing in, but they changed tests and now only 10% got in).