Over 8,200 4th-6th Graders Take EXPLORE® Test for 8th Graders through Duke TIP

Monday, April 25, 2016

For Immediate Release

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

DURHAM, NC—More than 8,200 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 2015 and early 2016.

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 better assess the extent of a gifted student’s academic ability by testing against students three or four grades ahead.

“Taking the EXPLORE test gives talent search participants unique insight into their abilities that grade-level achievement tests cannot measure,” Sally Taylor, coordinator of the Duke TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search explained. “Families and educators can use this feedback to determine whether students are receiving academic challenges appropriate to their abilities.”

Of the over 8,200 testers, 364 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 2.8 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.