Seventh grade students at St. Joseph School who fall in the top five percent of students on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over two million students have participated in a Duke TIP Talent Search.
The talent search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.
Six St. Joseph students were identified as qualifiers for this program to take the ACT test. Their performance was exceptional. The state average for high school graduating seniors is 21. St. Joseph students scored the following:
• Two students scored a 22
• Two students scored a 20
• One student scored a 19
• One student scored a 18
St. Joseph students are obviously challenged with rigor and relevance in their classrooms as evidenced by the scores.