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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 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


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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?


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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


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How to Qualify for NUMATS Search (NUMATS)?

  • Top 5% on WKCE of MAP subtests

  • Participation in GT programming

  • Teacher/Parent Nomination

  • 4 years of eligibility


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BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION Search (NUMATS)?

  • 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 voluntary Search (NUMATS)?BUT this information is VERY helpful in identifying your child’s strengths and educational needs


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Identification Process Search (NUMATS)?

  • 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 Search (NUMATS)?

Top 95th Percentile Rankings

←Entire Population


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EXPLORE Search (NUMATS)?

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?


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ACT OR SAT?? Search (NUMATS)?

  • 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


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Timeline: Search (NUMATS)?

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/


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Test Day Tips Intermediate School Offices & Resource Rooms

  • 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


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Parents’ Role Intermediate School Offices & Resource Rooms

  • 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.


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Resources for Questions: Intermediate School Offices & Resource Rooms

  • 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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