56,000 7th Graders Take Above-Level Tests Through TIP

Monday, March 21, 2016

For Immediate Release
Katy Munger
(919) 668-9153


DURHAM, NC—Nearly 56,000 academically talented seventh grade students nationally took above grade level college entrance exams through the Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) in late 2015 and early 2016.

These young gifted scholars were invited to take the ACT or SAT as part of TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search. The TIP test takers sat alongside college-bound eleventh and twelfth grade students and took the advanced tests as a way to better measure their academic capabilities. All of the TIP seventh graders had already scored at or above the 95th percentile on grade level achievement tests, and many went on to receive ACT or SAT scores rivaling or surpassing those of their high school counterparts.

“Traditional testing fails to accurately measure the academic capabilities of gifted students,” explains TIP executive director, Martha Putallaz, PhD. “All a 99% score on a grade level test tells parents is that their children have mastered the material at the grade level. By providing gifted students with a way to take an above grade level test, Duke TIP offers families a more accurate measure of their children’s academic potential and provides families with guidance on enrichment activities and next steps in learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.”

As part of this guidance, TIP provides its talent search participants with a comparative score results summary to help them interpret their scores on the ACT or SAT. The highest scoring students are also invited to attend a state or national recognition ceremony.

The opportunity to take an above grade level test is one of many benefits Duke TIP provides its seventh grade participants. Through a variety of enrichment materials, special publications, and optional educational programs, students enrolled in TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identify and understand their academic strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements. Duke TIP also provides their parents and teachers with research-based advice and other resources so that they can support their gifted students at a crucial time in their development—when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. For more information on the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search, visit www.tip.duke.edu.

In addition to the talent search, TIP operates a number of summer and year-round academic programs for students who meet eligibility requirements—including TIP’s prestigious Summer Studies programs held at Duke University, other U.S. colleges, and in China. 


About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. More than 2.8 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. Duke TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.