Possilbe giftedness in 2nd grader
I have a 2nd grader who was referred to the ESE specialist for giftedness screening by his 1st grade teacher. The specialist spent a few minutes with him and sent a note home indicating that no further testing is warranted. His teacher urged private testing but we declined. That was last year.
This year he is in a different school (a charter school). His teacher has requested that we refer him for giftedness testing as she says she has never seen anything like him in her entire life. I am not sure that I want to have him tested because I don't know that I would pull him out of school in the middle of a school year to go into a gifted class in the public school.
My question is how do you go about finding someone to test your child for giftedness? What kind of test should be administered? I have been told by many people NOT to let the school district do another prescreening as the kids generally score 20-50 points higher on the actual test than they do on the prescreeining. The school district is known to not want to spend extra money on gifted kids so it makes the prescreeing as restrictive as possible. Of course this means that the gifted program contains mostly kids from wealthier families who can afford private testing.
How much will it cost me? We can afford to pay, but I am wondering whether it is worth it. Can anyone refer me to some good books on gifted education?