Okay, so I know every parent thinks their child is "advanced" and I don't want it to come across that way but here goes. (sorry this was longer than I anticipated)
Our schools district has a variety of programs for advanced learning. Each year students take a Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) test and depending on how they score they are eligible to take part in the advanced learning programs. The highest program, APP, requires a score of 95% on math and reading. If your child doesn't score at 95% on the MAP score you have the option to pay for private testing and "appeal" the decision.
So, we just got DD's scores and she scored 96% for math and 88% for reading. A friend was over when we got these, and her daughter is a year older than DD and currently enrolled in the APP program. According to my friend, DD (in kindergarten) is currently reading at the same level her daughter was reading when she started first grade. So she really questions the 88% score and thinks we should look into the private testing.
I don't know what to think, and even if DD does retake the test and scores at 95% I'm not sure we'd send her through the APP program. It's at a different school that isn't in our neighborhood, it is questionable that she and DS would go to the same school (unless he tested in too), she likes her current school, etc. But we also want her to get the best education she can.
So, with all that information, would you opt for private testing? I should add this isn't the only year she could test in. They'll be restested next year and if she scores 95% next year we could move her into the APP program the following year.