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By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D

Q: I have emailed you In the past and was very appreciative of your informative reply. My son was tested and his IQ score is 139. I believe that was at the age of six. He is now 8 years old. He skipped the second grade and is currently in the fourth grade at this time. He could have skipped first grade but I felt he was a bit young at that time and was not ready. He was not in favor of doing so at that time as well.

He made the decision to skip second grade last school year. I was fortunate that he had a wonderful third grade teacher who had also been a gifted teacher. My son still retained all A's. He has just started the fourth grade.

I attended his first Gifted Individualized Education Programs (GIEP or Gifted IEP) meeting for this year on 9/11/15.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores for MATH are as follows:

Term Score by Grade Level RIT Scores (Rasch Unit)
FALL 2013 (99) 200
WINTER 2013 (99) 205
SPRING 2014 (99) 210
FALL 2014 (92) 210
WINTER 2015 (90) 215
SPRING 2015 (95) 226
FALL 2015 (97) 227

MAP scores for READING are as follows:

Term Score by Grade Level RIT Scores (Rasch Unit)
FALL 2013 (98) 186
WINTER 2013 (99) 202
SPRING 2014 (99) 216
FALL 2014 (94) 213
WINTER 2015 (96) 223
SPRING 2015 (85) 214
FALL 2015 (98) 229


Any insight you can give me on the above information would be most appreciated. Thank you for your time.

A: It appears that your son has adapted well with the acceleration with no socio-emotional issues. The right teacher surely did help in his adjustment to a higher grade. The concern is usually when a child feels isolated and unwanted in a new class but with proper guidance from teachers and counselors, adapting to an accelerated class should not be a problem.

From the scores above, it clearly shows that your son is above average based on the grade band for MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores in both Reading and Math. For a more detailed information on this, please check the following link on a Parent's Guide to MAP.

In fact, his Lexile Reading Level Range is also way above average for his grade level. He is doing well and I am sure you have been providing him with the right resources and guidance. Please do also read the following guide to further understand GIEP meetings.

Wishing you all the best in your beautiful journey!


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