Authors: R. Steve McCallum, Ph.D., Bruce A. Bracken, Ph.D.
Product Code: 8346
ISBN: 9781618218346
Pages: 101
Availability: In stock.

This is the technical manual for the Universal Talented and Gifted Screener.

Universal Talented and Gifted Screener (UTAGS)
  • features up-to-date national norms,
  • is effective with twice-exceptional learners,
  • includes bias-free items, and
  • provides a fair assessment regardless of student demographic characteristics.

The UTAGS offers schools a time-saving screener for identifying gifted and advanced learners. Designed to be culturally and linguistically fair, the UTAGS is ideal for schools seeking a nationally normed, statistically sound identification screener. Additionally, the UTAGS includes specific considerations for identifying twice-exceptional learners.

UTAGS is designed to screen potentially gifted students in six important areas of school success:
  • cognition,
  • creativity,
  • leadership,
  • literacy,
  • math, and
  • science.

This theoretically sound instrument provides easily interpretable scores in the IQ metric (i.e., Mean = 100; SD = 15) and identifies student strengths/weaknesses in a quick, accurate, and cost-efficient format. UTAGS provides interpretation norms based on a standardization sample of 2,492 participants from 22 states; student demographics closely reflect the United States population.

The authors also provide a guide for local norming. Assessment fairness was a strong consideration during the UTAGS development, and teacher raters are requested to focus on effective examinee communication strategies rather than addressing the particular language/communication mode employed by the student. Consequently, examinees from other cultures, those who have speech limitations, or those who use nonstandard English are not unfairly penalized.

Ages 5 years 0 months–17 years 11 months

Note: This item is only available for shipping to educational institutions.

Download sample chapters from the UTAGS Administration Manual and samples of the UTAGS scales.

Each PDF file below is approximately 500k in size and will take a few seconds to download. These files can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you may download the software for free.

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


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