This year’s elegant NUMATS award ceremony, hosted by Center for Talent Development, took place on Evanston’s beautiful lakefront campus on September 6, 2014. The prestigious ceremony recognizes students who scored in the top 1-2 percent of the almost 20,000 students who took an above-grade-level test through NUMATS this past academic year. Nearly one thousand individuals attended the ceremony to celebrate approximately five hundred students.
Highlights included a morning program in which Northwestern University students Tiffany Chang, David Chi and Connor Tatooles shared their pathways to a select college and offered students insights into how their current career aspirations developed. The impressive afternoon ceremony featured Dr. Patricia Beddows, assistant professor and assistant chair in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Beddows holds a PhD in Geographical Sciences from University of Bristol, England, and is a specialist in the hydrogeochemistry of karst environments. She enthralled students with her undersea adventures in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, and her team’s discovery of the oldest, most intact skeleton of an early Paleoamerican.
Through NUMATS, students in grades 3 through 6 took the EXPLORE® test, typically administered to grade 8 students, and students in grades 6 through 9 took ACT® and/or SAT®, typically administered to high school students in their junior year. Three of our students received perfect scores in the composite/combined category of the tests, and 131 first place medals were awarded for perfect scores in reading and/or math! Of the remaining 20,000, the mean scores of our student population exceeded that of the mean for the typical student in the grade-level for which the EXPLORE, ACT and SAT tests were designed! Since these students have surpassed the ceiling of their in-school grade-level tests, taking an above-grade-level test is the only way for them to demonstrate what they know, understand and can accomplish. Taking the test each year through NUMATS is the best way for them to continue measuring their academic growth.
We at NUMATS congratulate all participants and award winners!
For information about participating in NUMATS and to find this year’s test dates, visit www.ctd.northwestern.edu/numats/program/dates/.