Q:

What do you think of schools doing IQ tests in kindergarten? -- Wondering

A:

IQ tests have limitations, but they can be helpful in predicting how kids will do in various educational settings. Once thought to be fairly constant, it is now accepted that scores can increase or decrease depending on how a kid is doing in school.

Some educators feel that if you are IQ testing young children, especially for identifying giftedness, that one single IQ test would not be reliable. Instead, young children need to be assessed over time. In the same way that IQ tests may identify students who are gifted, they can also identify students who are at risk so helpful interventions can be started earlier.

IQ testing is always a controversial subject. On one hand, parents want their children to be challenged and be given the best possible education, thus school officials are often under tremendous pressure to give these tests.

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