Prufrock Press is now the source for the Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (Renzulli Scales).
Now in its third edition, the Renzulli Scales are the nation's most popular tool for identifying gifted children. Supported by 40 years of research, the Renzulli Scales are used by gifted and talented programs across the country. This standardized, observational instrument is completed by teachers and provides an effective method for identifying gifted children.
Research shows that gifted children tend to exhibit certain observable behaviors, such as using advanced vocabulary, grasping underlying principles, and making generalizations from complex information. The Renzulli Scales asks teachers to rate children in comparison to their peers on a host of these observable behaviors. The children who score high on the scales are more likely to be gifted. Using a tool like the Scales, a school can narrow the number of students who will be fully evaluated for a gifted program.
The Renzulli Scales include 14 scales (for a full listing see the Renzulli Scales product page). The first four scales (learning, creativity, motivation, and leadership) are used by most schools that use the Scales. The remaining ten scales are focused on specific areas. They are used by schools when those areas seem appropriate for a gifted program's goals. For example, a program serving gifted math students would use the mathematics scale, a science academy would use the science scale, etc.
As your gifted program prepares for its identification needs, look to Prufrock Press for all of the components of the Renzulli Scales.