The Western Academic Talent Search http://www.centerforbrightkids.org/programs/academic-year-programs/western-academic-talent-search/index.html is an academic talent search program based on above-level testing and optimal match for students in 3rd-9th grade. Since many bright young students achieve above grade level, the talent search may more accurately measure their abilities than traditional in-grade achievement tests. The SAT, ACT, and EXPLORE tests provide a higher ceiling and valuable assessment information for young academically talented students. Taking these tests also provides students with early experience in taking college entrance-type tests. Students who have participated over the years report increased comfort with standardized testing and significant score gains based upon Talent Search experiences. For more information, please go to the above link.
One of the best resources for parents and educators of gifted children is the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) http://www.nagc.org/. This professional organization has long served as the premier advocacy group for supporting the education of gifted students, professional development, and research in our field.
Another great resource and one closer to home is our state affliate, the Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented (CAGT) http://www.coloradogifted.org/. CAGT is one of the key advocacy groups leading the way for supporting gifted education in the state of Colorado.
SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted) organization http://www.sengifted.org/ is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities. This organization provides a website, monthly newsletter, and many other resources as well as frequent webinars (for a fee) that are helpful to parents as they work through the challenge of raising a gifted child.