Recently researchers have estimated that more than 850,000 African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students in K-12 public school today could have been identified for gifted programs but were not. This problem could be addressed by using ability tests that were designed and validated to be equitable for all students.
The Naglieri General Ability Tests by Jack A. Naglieri, PhD, Dina M. Brulles, PhD and Kimberly Lansdowne, PhD were explicitly developed to address the need for equitable assessment of gifted students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds so they can receive educational opportunities appropriate for their ability.
Instructions are presented to the students using animated videos which eliminates the need for comprehension of verbal directions.
In order to eliminate the role of verbal expression in the tests, students respond using a multiple-choice format.
The Verbal, Nonverbal and Quantitative tests measure thinking with minimum influence of knowing and can be solved regardless of the student’s language.