General Procedures for Identification
District procedures have been established using a multiple criteria assessment approach. This means that many sources of information are reviewed over a period of time before formally identifying a student as gifted/talented in one or more areas. Decisions around identification should be based on the body of evidence using sound reasoning and data interpretation with a team approach. A Review Team is established at each of the schools. This team looks at the body of evidence to make a determination if a student qualifies. If there is not enough evidence to qualify a student, the team can decide if the student is a candidate for the talent pool.
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Standardized test scores for all students are screened for evidence of exceptionally high levels of performance on achievement tests. A group-administered aptitude assessment, The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), is given to all second grade students in the spring and to all seventh grade students in the fall. Results are shared with classroom teachers and parent(s)/guardian(s). Students who score in the 95th percentile or above will be recommended to the Gifted Review Team. This process along with nominations yields a list of nominees, from which GT teachers/GT liaisons will begin the “gathering body of evidence” process.
Parents, teachers, and counselors may submit names of students they view as potentially gifted or talented at any time. Our goal is for parents and teachers to have opportunities to nominate students for GT services if they see the need. When a teacher, parent, or counselor nominates a student, they are then asked to complete a referral form. This form will then initiate the “gathering body of evidence” process. The referral form becomes one piece of the body of evidence.
Collect Body of Evidence
The next stage in the identification process is to secure additional information that will aid in determining the student’s talents or giftedness and his or her programming needs. Appropriate data must be gathered and the Student Profile form completed. All information collected is confidential and will be placed on the Advanced Learning Plan.
Review Body of Evidence
A student’s body of evidence will be reviewed by the school’s Review Team which will consist of a minimum of three people which may include, GT teacher, counselor and/or administrator, classroom teacher (past or present). Students are not denied services or identified on the basis of performance on any single score or instrument. Rather, those evaluating the data are looking for sufficient evidence of exceptional talent or ability to warrant special programming or services. This review is an ongoing process, and a student is not formally identified until a sufficient body of evidence is collected. Gifted identification recognizes and delineates exceptional strengths and potential in learners so that appropriate instructional accommodations and modifications can be provided.
If students meet the district criteria according to the review team, parents will be notified and an Advanced Learning Plan will be developed. The review team may also decide that a student does not qualify, or that enough information is not available to make formal identification. In the latter case, the student is placed on a “Talent Pool” list and reviewed again as more information becomes available. The GT teacher or counselor will send a letter home to the parents communicating the results of the identification process.
A parent, student or teacher has the right to appeal the identification decision.