I live in a college town. Reportedly 30-35% of the kids in the schools here are gifted. The elementary schools have 4 levels of gifted education (a nurturing program for identifying kids who might be passed over, a regular gifted program for kids who score in the top 5% of the general pop, Highly Gifted for kids who score in the top 1-2%, and a self-contained program, LEAP, for kids who are performing at least 2 grade levels above across the board).
My dd2 is going into 3rd grade next year and that is when they screen with the Naglieri Non-verbal for the regular gifted program. She was pretty bored last year in 2nd grade and I think she wasn't challenged enough, although she did not ace everything. There were a few math concepts she didn't get right away, but generally her math homework (one worksheet) took her about 2 minutes to complete. She's reading on, I dunno, a 5th grade level? Harry Potter whatever that would be. I'm pretty confident that she's in the gifted range, but probably not Highly Gifted nor suitable for the self-contained program.
I'm a little anxious about the Naglieri because I don't know that she's ever seen anything like that before, but I am not one to push her, either. I looked at some examples online and we're not big puzzle people so I'm a little apprehensive that she won't know what to do with it, but at the same time I am not a hot-houser and the idea of coaching her for this test is kinda weird to me. I pretty much just follow her interests and help her when she needs a little help.
We were in a private school before switching to public school last year and the private school didn't give tests or have grades. It was pretty crunchy and project-based. She loved it, but for various reasons (not the least money) we're in public school now. She adapted okay last year, but wasn't challenged a lot and her teacher wasn't the most vibrant and engaging. She had quite a few troublemakers in the class, too.
So, we're excited about third grade and the potential for a better fit, but I am a bit apprehensive about the Naglieri (what if she doesn't do well?), and about the regular gifted program vs the HGE and the LEAP programs. I think later on, especially in high school, some of the perfectly average kids in our district can have problems with self-esteem because there are so many really smart kids. I'm a reluctant wave-maker. I will if I have to, but I don't relish the idea of being "that mom". In the schools I went to growing up dd2 would obviously be one of the smart kids, but here we're swimming in 'em!!
I don't really have a question so much, but just wondering if anyone else has a similar situation, or a similar school system and how that plays out for you?
BTW, we're trying a charter for our dd1 this coming year (6th grade) which is smaller and less stress because she has anxiety and I think a regular public middle school would just be too much for her. Add in the self-esteem and gifted issues and I'm just not confident about it for dd1 so we thought we'd try the charter since she got in the lottery and have regular middle school as a fall back. Since dd1 got in, dd2 will have a better chance to get in there when she's 6th grade also, so she will most likely have a choice of two tracks — the charter or public school (which actually I thought was an awesome middle school).