CTY is not abandoning its Talent Search model or lowering the bar for program qualification. To participate in advanced CTY-level courses, students must still achieve qualifying scores on one of our above-level tests. For this pilot, CTY is gathering data to allow us to continue our research on talent identification. We want to ascertain whether students who perform in the 98th percentile on accepted tests are successful in our courses and, if so, how that affects our current assumptions around talent identification. CTY is a research organization within a research university, and it is part of our mission to continually evaluate and validate the best ways to identify and serve advanced learners. We have arrived at no foregone conclusions about this pilot program and will share our results with the CTY and gifted and advanced learner community as we come to them. Learn more.