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High ITBS scores may qualify students for a gifted program
MONDAY, AUGUST 01, 2011 08:23 AM

Students who live in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas will now have access to various education programs to best suit their needs, The Fort Leavenworth Lamp reports. Under the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative, these children will have access to services for learning disabilities, occupational therapy, autism and physical therapy.

Additionally, schools in the district will offer programs for gifted students, according to the news source. This service will be available for students who are in the first through ninth grades. In order to qualify, children must rank in the 97th percentile on a standardized individual intelligence test or score in the 95th percentile on an assessment like the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

According to its website, the ITBS is a voluntary testing service for students who are in kindergarten through the eighth grade. These children are assessed in subjects such as vocabulary, reading comprehension, mathematics, social studies and science.

The National Association for Gifted Children estimates that there are about 3 million academically gifted students between kindergarten and the 12th grade in the U.S., the organization's website states. This is equal to about 6 percent of the total student population.