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Young Learners and Program Planning

Discover Strengths. Identify Talent Development Opportunities.

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Is my child too young for testing?

The question is not so much about age as it is about readiness and reasons for testing. Understanding your child’s academic potential and current level of achievement is an important first step in the talent development process. When a child is expressing a strong desire to learn, demonstrating knowledge of letters, numbers, or advanced reasoning, an assessment may be helpful.

CTD offers three assessment options for young learners: the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA), the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).  MAP and KTEA tests measure academic knowledge and skills at age-appropriate levels and are norm referenced to provide comparative analyses.  The CogAT measures reasoning skills through verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. CTD provides testing so that students can gain access to programs designed to meet the needs of advanced learners. The tests CTD offers are an option if a child’s current school system does not already conduct such testing.

CTD Pathways Approach

Understanding Strengths and Learning Needs

Center for Talent Development (CTD) exists to help young people with exceptional academic potential and demonstrated talent reach their full potential. CTD’s unique Pathways approach to talent development gives students opportunities to identify their academic strengths and interests, explore potential career trajectories over time, develop critical knowledge and skills, and monitor their progress.description of pathways and the value of assessment. Learn more about what this means. 

Need Advice or Assistance with Planning for Your Child's Needs? 

If you would like to work with a CTD staff member to discuss your child’s strengths, interests, or talent development pathway, consider setting up a consultation.

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