Originally Posted by teachma
We just my son's OLSAT scores (from last April) in today's mail. His total score is 132. Now, while that SAI places him at 98.8th percentile nationally, it seems that he is only in the 89.6th percentile related to local norms. Although this will be just one measure taken into consideration when they place in the gifted program, I imagine it will be to his "disadvantage" more than 10% of children in his grade scored higher than he did...even though his score is 132, which should help to qualify him. What do you think?
What percentage score is required in your district? What percentage of children in your district are enrolled in the program?
In our district, for the full time program you need to be 97+% on the ITBS and the 97+% on the CogAT. If you just look at those numbers, that should identify less than 3% of the population. BUT, I think 4-4.5% of the district (I don't know the exact number, but DD's in grades 1-6 are currently enrolled in the full time program. So, they are obviously not held to local norms.
That said, the do place into the program based on test score. And there is a waiting list, so the people who got lower scores (therefore, qualifying on a national level, but not on a local level) are the ones who would be on the waiting list.