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Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). Kitty Ver Kuilen District Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Services Cindy Clark, GT Resource Teacher, MHS & IMMS Lisa Nyenhuis , GT Resource Teacher, WIS Heather Hanson , GT Resource Teacher, CE/MPS .

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northwestern university midwest academic talent search numats
Northwestern UniversityMidwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

Kitty Ver Kuilen District Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Services

Cindy Clark, GT Resource Teacher, MHS & IMMS

Lisa Nyenhuis, GT Resource Teacher, WIS

Heather Hanson, GT Resource Teacher, CE/MPS

outline for this presentation
Outline for this Presentation…
  • What is NUMATS?
  • How your Child qualified for participation
  • Benefits of participation
  • Which test?
  • Timeline
  • Test Day Tips
  • Parent Role
  • Questions?
what is northwestern university midwest academic talent search numats
What is Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)?
  • Out-of-level testing
  • Occurs on Saturdays off-site
  • Students in grades 3-9
  • Explore, ACT, SAT
  • Sponsored by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD)
  • WCATY connection
how to qualify for numats
How to Qualify for NUMATS
  • Top 5% on WKCE of MAP subtests
  • Participation in GT programming
  • Teacher/Parent Nomination
  • 4 years of eligibility
benefits of participation
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
  • Provides an additional “snapshot”
  • ACT/SAT I – Practice
  • EXPLORE– Practice
  • Opens opportunities outside the school setting
  • Some state/nationwide programs have score requirements
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Participation is voluntaryBUT this information is VERY helpful in identifying your child’s strengths and educational needs
identification process
Identification Process
  • The information from CTD provides one more piece of information to help in identifying the academic strengths of your child
  • AND the academic needs your child exhibits
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The Bell Curve

Top 95th Percentile Rankings

←Entire Population

which test to take
EXPLORE

3rd grade 97th%

4th grade

5th grade

6th grade

SAT or ACT

6th grade 97th%

7th grade

8th grade

9th grade ACT

Which test to take?
act or sat
ACT OR SAT??
  • ACT includes four subtests:

Reading, English, Math Science Reasoning

  • SAT 3 Verbal, 3 Math subtests & Writing subtest

Practice for PSAT

  • ACT test for UW System and neighboring universities
  • SAT test for coastal universities and Private schools
  • Test Prep: www.ACT.org and www.collegeboard.com
  • ? Check university websites
timeline
Timeline:

October: Registration

January & February: Testing

March: Test results sent to parents

April: Follow-up materials sent to parents to help you interpret results

MAY: SCHOOL GETS RESULTS

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Registration materials available at the Middle and Intermediate School Offices & Resource RoomsORRegister onlinewww.ctd.northwestern.edu/

test day tips
Test Day Tips
  • Practice Test
  • What does “Out-of-Level” mean? This is a hard test for their age but they qualify for the challenge
  • Good night’s rest
  • Good breakfast
  • Be relaxed This is for fun & experience. It’s NOT about the score
  • Celebrate afterwards
parents role
Parents’ Role
  • You are your child’s best advocate
  • The school and parents are partners in providing what is best for every child
  • Be informed of opportunities
  • Take advantage of opportunities both in and outside of school.
resources for questions
Resources for Questions:
  • McFarland GT Program Website http://www.mcfarland.k12.wi.us/msd/parents/fp_gt.php
  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Kitty Ver Kuilen: 5449
  • Cindy Clark: 4876
  • Lisa Nyenhuis: 5460
  • Heather Hanson: 5616
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