It is also important for the evaluation of the effect of programs on individual student. The main reason for applying multiple criteria is to identify more minority and economically disadvantaged students who are over looked when so elements of restrictive criteria for such things like the student’s IQ or achievement scores are used. This under representation problem have for decade’s plagued education. For example, in 1991, the state of Georgia defined the giftedness of a student according to a single score. With the help of Renzulli’s NRC/GT, eight Georgian schools explored the use of multiple criteria to obtain what they termed as a rich profile of students in terms of strength and interest. This criterion was also important in identifying the strength of minority students.
Teachers can identify students quickly on the basis of observation and performance information of students from different cultural and economic background. Students who show traits, aptitudes and behaviors associated with giftedness can quickly be identified. Georgia legislatures passed a bill requiring multiple criteria be identified. This was in 1994 when the legislature was well convinced of the fairness of the multiple criteria, and the governor signed it into law. The law stated that the eligibility included meeting criteria in any three of the four areas which are the mental ability, achievement, creativity and motivation. The areas were defined as; intellectual ability above the 96th percentile, standardized achievement test score above the 90th percentile on the total battery n reading or in mathematics, creativity scores above the 90th percentile on the creativity test or creative characteristics rating scale, or superior evaluation of creative product or performance. Moreover, motivation as reflected in a GPA above 3.5, a score of above the 90th percentile on a motivational characteristics scale, or a rating above the 90th percentile on a ...Show more