Yale psychologists are trying to develop new tests of intelligence that measure “practical, creative, and analytical skills,” reports Education Week. One goal is to identify more black and Hispanic children as “gifted.”
In its entirety, Aurora is a comprehensive battery that includes a group-administered paper-and-pencil test, a parent interview, a scale for teacher rating of students, and some observation items. The paper-and-pencil test gauges creativity, for instance, by asking students to imagine what objects might say to one another if they could talk, or to generate a story plot to fit an abstract illustration on a childrenâ€™s-book cover.
A question assessing studentsâ€™ practical skills with numbers directs test-takers to draw a line mapping the shortest route between a friendâ€™s house and a movie theater.
Some children test “high on analytical skills and low on creative or practical,â€ a researcher says.
Traditional intelligence tests, these researchers say, measure only a narrow subset: memory and analytical skills. Also known as â€œgâ€ for general intellectual ability, those skills come in handy for comparing and contrasting, analyzing, judging, and classifying, and they are the kinds of abilities that teachers tend to value and emphasize in the classroom.
Brains aren’t everything. In life, common sense gets you a long way. But, a school’s gifted program is supposed to serve students who need more intellectual challenge than mainstream classes can provide. If it’s a good program for average-smart kids with common sense or creativity, is it still good for the super-smart?
Go to the link and check out the “high-scoring responses” to the question about why the four and the seven don’t get along. I don’t see the next Spielberg there.
For those who can’t access Education Week, the creative question is:
Number 7 and Number 4 are playing at school, but then they get in a fight. Why arenâ€™t 7 and 4 getting along?
High scoring response:
They are not the same. One is even, the other odd. 7 doesnâ€™t like 4 because two 4â€™s are 8 and 8 is 7â€™s evil brother! 4 doesnâ€™t like 7 because 7 is a prime number.
The notes for a speech on measuring “sensible intelligence” are here.