Sophomore Adam Urish Receives Northwestern University Honor
Sophomore Adam Urish was honored by Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD) at an award ceremony on Sept. 10 to celebrate his achievement in the school's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). NUMATS provides gifted students the opportunity to take assessments designed for older students. Students in the program in grades 6 through 9 take the SAT and/or ACT, which most students do not sit for until their junior and senior years. Adam was honored for his scores on both tests.
Award winners received certificates, medals, and/or scholarships for Center for Talent Development summer, weekend enrichment, and online programs.
CTD Associate Director Rhoda Rosen, who oversees the NUMATS program, explains, "The achievement tests students usually take in school focus only on grade-level content. So, gifted students will often hit the 'ceiling' of the tests. When that happens, schools and families know their students are doing relatively well compared to other students their age, but they cannot tell whether the student is just a little bit ahead or whether the student is exceptionally advanced in some area in which he or she will require special programming to reach full potential."
"By using the higher-level tests, NUMATS avoids the ceiling effect, providing a more valid measure for academically advanced students," Rosen said.
Fewer than 3% of the almost 15,000 students nationwide who participate in the program each year qualify for this selective ceremony.
Through the program, NUMATS students are able to join an active, online community of like-minded peers. In addition, their parents receive course sequence suggestions based on test scores and access to an online community which, for parents, includes webinars, podcasts, and articles by experts in gifted education as well as help with educational planning and the possibility of communicating online with other parents of gifted students.