Moreover, a careful evaluation should include information about the child's background, including the length of residency in the U.S., languages spoken in the home, and direct observation of the child in classroom settings.
Although there are non-English forms of some of the major intelligence tests, the tests are not completely comparable to English versions. Sometimes nonverbal tests are used, and in rare instances translators have been employed, although this is far from an ideal practice. Unfortunately, we have too few psychologists and other professionals who are bilingual and multicultural.
You might begin by making an appointment with your child's teacher and the person in charge of evaluating children for the gifted program. Come prepared to provide examples (as you have for me) of your child's talents. If the teacher has samples of his work in math or art or test scores that support your case, please ask that she bring those to the meeting. Do share with the evaluator your family history and your child's recent mastery of English. The evaluator will be in the best position to assess your child if she has complete information. You may also want to inquire whether the school has anyone who is experienced in doing assessments of children who are non-native English speakers. By following these steps, you can help to ensure the best possible testing experience for your child.