The total population is considered in the creation of a candidate pool. Screening of available test and assessment data occurs annually in the first half of the school year.
A student is referred to the gifted services eligibility process based on one or more of the following criteria:
- a need for services beyond that provided by the regular instructional program.
- available test information.
- student products and performance.
- academic performance.
- behavioral characteristics of gifted students.
Referrals may be submitted before April 1 annually. A Referral Form (English) — also available in (Spanish),(Bengali), (Amharic),(Mongolian), and (Arabic). A referral form may be completed by the resource teacher for the gifted (RTG) at each school, a classroom teacher or other staff member, a parent or guardian, a community member or a student. The referral form is available by clicking on the active link above.
Student referrals are considered by a school-based committee composed of a classroom teacher, resource teacher for the gifted, principal or designee, and at times the school psychologist or school counselor. All relevant data is reviewed and the decision to identify a need for services or not is made by the committee. In identifying students for Gifted Services, multiple criteria are used including the following:
• Nationally-Normed Aptitude and/or Achievement assessments
• Teacher Observations/Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS)
• School-Based Performance Data
• Parent Information Sheet
• Student work samples/alternate measures
• Writing portfolio (K-5 English only)
• Student Self-Assessment (Grades 6-12)
• Grades (Grades 6-12)
Parents are notified of the committee’s decision by letter.