NUMATS (Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search) is a research-validated program that uses above-grade-level assessments, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The EXPLORE® test, designated for students in grade 8, is administered to students in grades 3 through 6. ACT® and SAT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9.
Approximately 40 award-winning students and their families converged at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. Parents were treated to a presentation by Deb Douglas (former WATG President, current GT Consultant) on using NUMATS scores to help advocate and plan for their child’s educational future. At the same time, NUMATS students explored Saturday Science interactive learning centers at the Discovery Center on the latest in laser technology.
The afternoon awards ceremony featured opening remarks from WATG president Deb Kucek, a slide show of NUMATS student beliefs, a presentation by Associate Director of the Center for Talent Development Rhoda Rosen, presentation of certificates and medals, and a call to advocacy and action from WATG President-Elect Sue Lee. A refreshment reception closed out the day for all in attendance.
Special thanks go to:
- The 100+ families and students who participated in this annual event, many traveling hundreds of miles to attend
- Dr. Rhoda Rosen, Paula De Groot, and the Center for Talent Development for sponsoring this event
- Deb Douglas (www.gtcarpediem.com) for sharing her wisdom with parents
- WATG Board members Pam Cernocky (event chair), Heidi Erstad, Deb Kucek, Sue Lee, and Lorie Raihala for coordinating and volunteering at the event
- UW-Madison Discovery Center for the world-class facilities and ultra-helpful staff