Social Justice, IQ Tests and Identification of Gifted Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn how under achieving smart students of color can be taught in gifted programs.
  2. understand the role of IQ tests in the underrepresentation of students of color in gifted programs.
  3. change how gifted students are conceptualized and identified.


Students of color have been underrepresented in gifted education for decades. Recent research indicates that at least 850,000 African American, Hispanic, and Native American students in K–12 public school could have been identified but were not. This session will explain the way knowledge interferes with the measurement of ability in traditional IQ tests and a more equitable way to identify gifted students. Research will be summarized, case examples shared, and interventions to meet student needs provided.



Jack A. Naglieri, University of Virginia

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