Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

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Informational Session about the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS), Saturday October 5, 2019

Spend an hour with CTD Assessment Coordinator, Melissa Hinshaw, to better understand the NUMATS program.  Topics will include understanding above-grade assessment, how such an assessment fits into an overall achievement profile for talented students and what the data says about programming, placement and informing instruction for talent development.  Time will be provided for Q and A.

St. Paul Location: 9:00 am meeting time – Check Signs at building, Washington Technical Magnet School, 1495 Rice St. St. Paul

Eden Prairie Location: 11:00 am Meeting time, Media Center at the Central Middle School, 8025 School Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Melissa Hinshaw is the Assessment Coordinator at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development.  Throughout her thirty-year career as an education professional, she has served as a classroom teacher, administrator, consultant and Illinois Account Manager for NWEA.  She currently manages the NUMATS program and all other assessment related work at CTD. She presents at national and regional conferences on gifted education, assessment and using data for informing programming and instruction for students.   You can find recent blog posts and interviews about assessment from her in CTD publications. 

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment to help parents and educators better understand their students’ academic strengths and educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The PSAT™8/9 test, designed for students in grades 8 and 9, is administered to students in grades 3 through 6. SAT® and ACT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects gifted students to educational resources and opportunities for enrichment and acceleration.

For more information and NUMATS registration: https://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/program/numats