UNION — A student at Foster Park Elementary School has named a scholar by a program that recognizes academically gifted 7th grade students.
In a statement released Wednesday, Foster Park Elementary School announced that student Jaidyn Walker has been identified as a Duke TIP Scholar. The press release states that Walker “scored above the 95th percentile on either SCReady or SCPass. Foster Park Elementary congratulates Jaidyn on this high achievement. Also, Jaidyn is a member of our Gifted and Talented Program.”
The Duke University Talent Identification Program, or Duke TIP, was founded in 1980 and identifies academically gifted school students through the use of grade-level standardized tests. Students must score in the 95th percentile or higher to be eligible. Alternatively, students may qualify for Duke TIP by achieving a composite score of 125 or higher on an IQ test.
After initially qualifying to participate in the Talent Identification Program, students are then invited to take the SAT or ACT, and, based on their scores, may be eligible to attend a variety of educational programs. The Duke TIP program notifies the parents of the students named scholars of the programs their children are eligible for.
Walker is the third 7th grader in the Union County School District to be named a Duke TIP Scholar this year.
In an address to the Union County Board of School Trustees at its May meeting, Union County School District Chief Academic Officer Cindy Langley announced that Jonesville Elementary/Middle School student Jacob Robinson and Sims Middle School student William Lee had been named Duke TIP Scholars.