PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District is getting its first results from a new way to select gifted students.
It’s said the difference between a bright child and a gifted child is: A bright child knows the answers. A gifted child asks the questions.
The Philadelphia School District this spring launched a new method of identifying gifted students, one Superintendent William Hite says is designed to be more equitable.
“While we are a system that’s predominantly minority, the majority of children before now who were receiving gifted and talented services were white.”
Hite says the district has moved to a nonverbal cognitive assessment for second graders. That’s a test using pictures instead of words…
“We were trying to get a clear read on aptitude and ability, versus biases that some individuals may have about certain children.”
Hite said the results were eye-opening: Two children who scored at the top of the IQ scale… one was an English-as-a-second-language student, and the other was from a North Philadephia school with few gifted programs.
Hite made his comments at a luncheon last week sponsored by the Center City Proprietors Association.