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Test Number 55
Title Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students
Author Joseph S. Renzulli, Linda H. Smith, Alan J. White, Carolyn M. Callahan, Robert K. Hartman, Karen L. Westberg, M. Katherine Gavin, Sally M. Reis, Del Siegle, and Rachel E. Sytsma
Category Rating Scale
Copyright Date 2004
Availability Available from publisher
Age/Grade Level Grades K-12
Cost Manual: $19.95 (the manual now includes an addendum with samples of and teacher training activities for the four newest scales--math, science, reading, and technology)
Set of 50 Scales: $49.95
Set of 100 Scales: $84.95
Forms You can also purchase access to the Scales on the web. Customers purchase a password that allows them to generate a specific number of records. Pricing is the same as for the print scales: 50 records is $49.95 and 100 records is $84.95. Users complete the scales online and can then generate student summaries, classroom summaries, grade level reports (by school and by district) as well as local norms.
Source Creative Learning Press, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 320 Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone 888-518-8004
Fax 860-429-7783
web or e-mail www.creativelearningpress.com
Definition Based on a review of literature regarding personal creativity characteristics.
Purposes Based on a multiple talent approach to the identification of gifted students, these scales help identify student strengths in the areas of learning, motivation, creativity, leadership, art, music, dramatics, planning, and communication.
Characteristics Generating Ideas Digging Deeper into Ideas Openness and Courage to Explore Ideas Listening to One's Inner Voice

Excellent The manual includes information about how the revised scales were developed as well as guidelines for using the scales, easy-to-follow instructions for developing local norms, and reproducible teacher training activities to help teachers understand how to

Good Items were developed from comprehensive reviews of the literature on the characteristics of gifted and talented youth, input from experts in gifted education and feedback from school personnel regarding the item clarity, observability, and discrimination

Good Stability ranged from .77 to .91 where N=78. Interjudge reliability was .67 to .91 where N=80 (These are 1976 numbers, the instrument is in revision)

Good The measure can be administered by professional after inservice training. It is easily administered. Teachers rate students on a four-point scale based on the degree to which they have observed the presence or absence of each characteristic in the student’s behavior. The manual offers help in scoring. It is designed to be locally scored.

Excellent The instrument provides ten scores: learning, motivation, creativity, leadership, artistic, musical, dramatics, communication (precision, expression), planning. Each scale is interpreted separately, scores should be compared to peers’ scores using local norms. Scores identify strength which point to the services needed by the student.

Excellent Guidelines for proper use of the measure are detailed, as well as cautions against possible misuse of the measure and misapplication of the scores. The authors propose that the nature of the measure calls for the development of local norms and include su

Reviews & Related Lit
Argulewicz, E. N., & Kush, J. C. (1984). Concurrent validity of the SRBCSS creativity scale for Anglo-American and Mexican-American gifted students. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 4(2), 81-89. Renzulli, J. S., & Smith, L. H. (1980). An alternative approach to identifying and programming for gifted and talented students. Gifted Child Today, 15(N/D), 4-11. Renzulli, J. S., Smith, L. H., White, A. J., Callahan, C. M., & Hartman, R. K. (1976). Scales for rating the behavioral characteristics of superior students. Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning Press.

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