Identification Process

Step 1- Referral: Any school personnel, parent, guardian, peer, or self may refer a student for evaluation. The person initiating the request for referral should take part in a brief conference with the gifted resource teacher to discuss the identification process and complete a formal request for the evaluation.

Step 2- Permission to Test: After the student is referred, the parent or guardian must complete a form giving the school permission to evaluate the student. 

Step 3- Collection of Data: Multiple sources of data are collected for review. This data will include:

    • A general aptitude test that measures the student’s cognitive abilities;
    • An achievement test to assess a student’s current level of performance;
    • Rating scales completed by the teacher and parent to assess the student’s behaviors in relation to observable characteristics of gifted learners.

Step 4- Eligibility Determination: A committee of individuals will review all data collected. The committee is to include a parent or guardian, a gifted resource teacher, a guidance counselor (for middle school eligibilities), an administrator or designee, and a teacher knowledgeable of the student’s academic performance. The committee will determine if the student is eligible for the division’s gifted services and which options best meet the needs of the learner.

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