Volunteer for Pilot Survey

Survey Pilot

  • The University of Connecticut, University of Virginia, Florida State University, and University of California-Berkeley are collaborating with the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, to implement a national study of gifted programs and services in Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina. With funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the research study focuses on identifying gifted and talented programs that are successful in providing high quality services to students who are typically underserved (i.e., African American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native American), students from economically challenged communities, and students from small town or rural communities.

    The exploratory phase of the study involves developing and implementing district and school surveys. We are seeking individuals to field test either our school or district survey in January 2015. The pilot phase is critical in helping us develop a survey that ultimately increases our understanding of “what works” best in gifted education. The district survey is designed for district coordinators and school survey is for principals or their designees.

    Programs and services for students in grades PK-5 only are the focus of the survey. You will select or rate responses or insert numbers for specific questions. We will keep the number of items to a minimum to protect the amount of time that you need to devote to your responses. If you are selected to participate in the pilot, you will need about 15 minutes to complete the survey. We will also ask you a few brief questions about how long it took you to complete the survey, about the clarity of the items, and how confident you felt about completing the items on the survey. If you are selected to participate, we will contact you early in January 2015.

    Data from the pilot will be used to develop a final survey for our research. Ultimately, this work will guide policymakers, educators, and parents who want assurance that all our nation’s gifted and talented students are developing their gifts and talents. We appreciate your help with this important research study. Educators from Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida are not eligible to participate in this pilot because they will be completing the final survey.

    The University of Connecticut IRB has determined that completion of the survey is not human subject research requiring IRB review. If you have any questions about the survey or your participation in the pilot, please feel free to email del.siegle@uconn.edu