I find all the testing to be a mystery. My kid just had his IQ testing done by the school psychologist, along with some academic testing. IQ came back at 117 with a note “would have been better if he hadn’t kept stopping the test to draw Pokemon!” I’m taking the score results with a grain of salt. I already know he’s a bright kid. I’m not sharing the results with him, just telling him, “the tests showed you are very bright.”
I am not sure how I feel about IQ testing, but other testing showed he was bored in his 3rd grade classroom. If you said “What is 18 plus 25?” he says “I donno” and doodles on his desk. If you say “Hey, 18 people were on a train, and then a bus broke down, and 25 people from the bus had to get on the train. How many people were on the train?” He perks up and says “Oh oh! I know!”
A lot of this testing I don’t think I agree with. It showed him “functioning normally and above average” in areas I know he has trouble with. And in other areas I thought he was doing well in, it showed (relative) deficiencies.
My verdict? Mother knows best. I can use these tests to supplement what I already know, but I still know my child better than any test. I know what areas he needs help in and what areas he is gifted in.
However, even though mother knows best, the school didn’t take my word for it and did their own assessment. Which I totally understand, as parents go into schools demanding all sorts of things.