Duke TIP to Offer the PSAT as an Above-level Assessment for Participants in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search

Date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

For Immediate Release

Katy Munger
(919) 668-9153 kmunger@tip.duke.edu

DURHAM, NC—Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is pleased to announce a new agreement with the College Board to offer the PSAT™ 8/9 as an optional, above-grade level assessment for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders participating in the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Duke TIP uses above-level testing as an important diagnostic tool for assessing the educational needs of academically talented students who already excel on grade-level tests, and the PSAT 8/9 is ideal for that purpose.

Designed for eighth and ninth graders, the PSAT 8/9 will provide gifted young students who have mastered grade-level material with a more precise measurement of their academic ability, depth of knowledge, and educational needs across a number of subject areas. This information is helpful to educators and parents seeking to build an educational plan that maximizes students’ strengths, emphasizes skills they may need to build, and provides access to appropriate advanced-learning opportunities and resources.

The PSAT 8/9 is offered by the College Board, a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and maintains a strong dedication to promoting excellence and equity in education. The College Board, which also created and administers the SAT for high schoolers, developed the PSAT 8/9 as a tool for students to use to ensure their college readiness. The test focuses on what students will typically learn in high school and what they will need to succeed in college. It measures reading, writing, language, and math skills developed both in and out of school.

The College Board will provide testing centers, offering convenient test-taking locations to most participating Duke TIP students. The organization will also provide each student with an individual score report that contains helpful information about each student’s abilities and achievements, as well as recommended ways to support the student’s continuous academic advancement. Additional information, including registration details for the 2016–2017 test, will be posted on the TIP website in early August.

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About TIP: 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. TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.