The identification process consists of a combination of subjective and objective measures to determine eligibility for the gifted program and includes an equitable opportunity for the inclusion of students who are culturally diverse, underachieving, disabled under IDEA guidelines, physically handicapped, or ADD/ADHD. Throughout the identification process, district personnel are careful to select measures that target the student's strengths.
All data collected as part of the identification process is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Access to this information is restricted to those personnel working directly with the identification process, working directly in the field education program, or has a documented need to access. Parents have the right to view their children's records at any time.
At this time, if parental permission has not been obtained, district personnel shall obtain written parental permission for testing. A student who has satisfied the minimal acceptable criteria on any three of the above measures shall have an individually administered norm-referenced intelligence test administered to them. A score of 91st percentile or above must be obtained for eligibility. Properly certified district personnel may administer the test at no cost to parents.
Placement of gifted students is governed by specific policies pertaining to test scores and other criteria. Students must qualify at each step of the sequential referral process to be eligible for gifted services.
The Referral Phase includes documentation of three of the following:
● group or individual intelligence test 90th percentile minimum
● group or individual achievement test 90th percentile in select area
● published characteristics of giftedness measure score at or above the superior range
● published measure of creativity score at or above the superior range
● published measure of leadership score at or above the superior range
If three criteria are documented, the Local Survey Committee recommends further assessment. During the Assessment Phase the Assessment Team collect, administers, and/or documents three of the following:
● a full scale score at or above the 90th percentile on a norm-referenced group measure of intelligence
● a score at or above the 90th percentile on a norm-referenced measure of characteristics of giftedness
● a score at or above the 90th percentile on a norm-referenced measure of characteristics of creativity
● a score at or above the 90th percentile on a norm-referenced measure of characteristics of leadership
● a score at or above the 90th percentile on a norm-referenced measure of cognitive abilities
● a score at or above the 90th percentile in select areas on a norm-referenced achievement test