Over 6,400 4th-6th Graders Take EXPLORE® Test for 8th Graders through Duke TIP

Friday, May 1, 2015

For Immediate Release

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

DURHAM, NC—More than 6,400 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students took ACT’s EXPLORE® test for eighth graders through the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) in late 2014 and early 2015.

The EXPLORE test measures the aptitude of students in the subjects of English, math, reading, and science. Students receive the opportunity to enroll in this above-level testing experience as part of the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search.

Above-level testing, a model used by TIP in its talent searches, offers parents and educators an opportunity to assess the degree of a gifted student’s academic ability by testing against students three or four grades ahead, said Barbara McHugh, coordinator of the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search.

“Taking the EXPLORE test at a young age gives talent search participants unique insight into their abilities that grade-level achievement tests cannot measure,” McHugh said. “A tester and his or her family as well as educators can use this feedback to determine whether the child is receiving academic challenges appropriate to his or her ability.”

Of the over 6,400 testers, 286 achieved a score at or above 99 percent of their eighth grade counterparts. Top-scoring students are honored in TIP’s state recognition ceremonies in May and June every year.


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 2.5 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.