Author: Joseph S. Renzulli, Ed.D.
Product Code: 6311
ISBN: 6311
Availability: In stock.

Note: This item is only available for purchase by educational institutions.

The Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students are commonly referred to as the
  • Renzulli Scales or
  • Renzulli-Hartman 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 instrument is completed by teachers and provides an effective method for identifying gifted children. The Renzulli Scales are designed to obtain teacher estimates of a student's characteristics in the following areas:
  • Learning Characteristics
  • Creativity Characteristics
  • Motivation Characteristics
  • Leadership Characteristics
  • Artistic Characteristics
  • Musical Characteristics
  • Dramatics Characteristics
  • Communication Characteristics (Precision)
  • Communication Characteristics (Expressiveness)
  • Planning Characteristics
  • Mathematics Characteristics
  • Reading Characteristics
  • Technology Characteristics
  • Science Characteristics
Each scale contains multiple items that are rated using a Likert-type scale. The first four scales (learning, creativity, motivation, and leadership) are used by most schools that use the Scales. The remaining 10 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.

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 items were chosen from a comprehensive body of research concerning the characteristics of gifted students. Based on a multiple talent approach to the identification of gifted students, the scales help identify student strengths.

Online Version Information

This online pack includes 50 student "seats." Student seats may be purchased and added to an account at anytime in batches of 50 or 100 seats. A single student may be evaluated on any number of scales. A school administrator may create as many schools, examiners, and teachers as needed. Only student seats are limited by the number of seats purchased.

This online edition of Renzulli Scales allows teachers to complete the Scales using any desktop web browser. Individual and group student reports can be exported by gifted program administrators for use in spreadsheets or electronic student data systems or for communicating results with parents.

Although the online version includes complete instruction for using the online Renzulli Scales, the comprehensive Technical and Administration Manual is sold separately.

Note: Within two business days of making your purchase, you will receive an e-mail confirming your account information and allocating the purchased student seats to your account. Please allow us up to two business days to make the necessary account verification and student seat allocations. If you have questions, please contact Renzulli Scales support at

Download a Review Copy of the Print Version of the Renzulli Scales

Download a sample copy of the print version of the Renzulli Scales. This sample form includes examples of each of the 14 scales included in the instrument.

Webinar on Behavior Rating Scales

Behavior Rating Scales as a Tool for More Equitable Identification of Gifted and Talented Children from Prufrock Press on Vimeo.


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