jwortham's picture

Should I have my 6 year old son tested?

I am debating on having my son tested before he enters 1st grade in public school in the fall.

He currently attends a private kindergarten, but thanks to the willingness of the school has been doing the 1st grade curriculum, (he finished the kindergarten one in pre-school). He will be entering public school for the first time in the fall and I am worried he will be bord.

He currently reads at a 3rd grade level, (based on the TEKS Standards) and we have started multiplication at home.

Is it worth getting him tested or should we wait until after he start in public school?

msilva31's picture
I was faced with the same situation and I did not get my son tested. The school will do their own evaluation. If you wish to get his IQ tested, it will cost around $3500 which is not chump change. Some teachers will be up for the challenge where others wont. Speaking from experience, we have had both and it is frustrating but as long as you keep him engaged outside of school, he will do just fine. As parents we were very upset, so we looked to outside help to challenge him in math and we found a great program called Tabtor. Tabtor is delivered through iPads and has board certified tutors that assign work to his personal strengths and weakness and not to his age. It has been great and he stays engaged because he is challenged. My advice keep challenging you son and watch his mind grow. Check out my son on Youtube, search msilva31 and you will see what I am talking about
Pearl333's picture
In public schools they usually have a designated GT teacher per grade level. When you register him make it known that you would like to test him for GT. Texas uses the state exam not a district exam for gifted and talented. Kids are usually tested in the first semester but if you tell administrators the situation now your child might be placed with a willing teacher or the GT teacher ahead of time. I'm assuming you are looking into Texas schools because you stated TEKS. Teachers overall have to differentiate but that is a large gap and will be hard. That's what is great about GT home rooms because those kids can be together and feed off of each other. It is possible to test out of a grade level. It's really hard though because they must test out in all subject areas. They must prove mastery of all that wold have been taught. Good luck! Please know that your child is a treasure to a lot of teachers and those kids are considered by many a fun challenge.
mamapajero's picture
i think he should be tested....just to be sure that he is ready.im sure you wouldn't like rude shocks....
littlekingdomchildcare's picture
I think yes, you should get your son tested. And as mamapajero said, make sure that your kid is ready to take the plunge. He does not get a rude shock.
Alexklaschools's picture
I also had face the some problem in the past, I didn't get test my daughter and faced many problems. i think you should go for the test that will be very helpful for you.