School of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Rebecca M. Lunde
Underrepresented, Gifted, Universal Screening, Poverty, Race, English Language Learners
Ferguson, Lisa M., "Factors Predicting Identification of Giftedness Resulting from Universal Screening" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3524.
Giftedness occurs in all sectors of society, but children from underprivileged backgrounds are often underrepresented in gifted programs. Universal screening for giftedness is a strategy employed by some school districts in an attempt to provide equal access to gifted programs. The purpose of this quantitative, predictive, correlational study was to determine if the linear combination of race, socioeconomic status, and English language learner status predicted the designation of gifted students located in the northeastern United States. The sample was all fourth-grade students from one school during the 2019-2020 school year in the school district because the district universally screens all fourth-grade students for the gifted program with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The data was collected from a northeastern United States school district and analyzed through logistic regression with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 28 (SPSS). Following analysis, it was determined that none of the criterion variables of race, socioeconomic status, or English language learner status were statistically significant in predicting gifted status.