For students in kindergarten through grade twelve in Alberta, Gifted And Talented is defined as "exceptional potential and/or performance across a wide range of abilities in one or more of the following areas: general intellectual ability, specific academic, creative thinking, social, musical, artistic, & kinesthetic." To assess the intellectual and academic aspects of this definition, individually administered tests of cognitive ability and achievement are used to develop a comprehensive understanding of your child's learning strengths and needs. The test of intellectual ability used depends on the age of your child: WPPSI-IV (ages 2 years 6 months to 7 years 7 months), WISC-V (ages 6 years to 16 years 11 months), or WAIS-IV (age 16 years onward). These tests evaluate verbal and nonverbal cognitive abilities and yields a Full Scale IQ score. The test of academic achievement is the WIAT-III which evaluates rote and higher order academic skills in the reading, writing, and math domains.
Note: For parents seeking testing in order to apply specifically to Westmount Charter School, only a test of intellectual functioning is required (Fee: $960) as part of their application process.
It is possible for children to have a dual exceptionality and be both intellectually gifted and have a learning disability (e.g., dyslexia or dysgraphia). If you suspect that your child is particularly bright, but is struggling with grade level academics, a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment is required to determine the root cause of their academic difficulties in order to develop a plan to support their development.