Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction


Teacher Education

First Advisor

Thea H. Williams-Black

Second Advisor

Whitney Webb

Third Advisor

Jerilou Moore

Relational Format



The purpose of this study was to (a) evaluate and discuss strengths and weaknesses in the current system of identifying gifted students and (b) investigate the effectiveness of using the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test to identify underrepresented and gifted minority students in grades one through five in Central Mississippi. The study consisted of 12 students who were screened using the traditional method of testing and 53 students who were screened using the alternative method of testing. This study attempted to explore strengths and weaknesses in the current system's minority gifted identification process. The alternate screening process did not demonstrate the ability to select students for participating in gifted programs. There was a significant difference from the traditional assessment. In fact, it was the traditional criterion that was responsible for identifying a significant difference in the selection of students for this particular study.



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