Referrals for the GT program may be made by parents, school personnel, students, and community members. Those who wish to nominate a student will complete a nomination form to be returned to the GT Coordinator.
Parents are sent a “Consent to Collect Data” form and an evaluation checklist to be returned for the student’s portfolio.
Classroom teachers also complete an inventory of their observations of the student’s behavior in different areas of giftedness.
The results of at least two subjective and two objective measures in the areas of academic achievement, mental ability, motivation/task commitment, and creativity are compiled. Other anecdotal data may include grades, student products, benchmark scores, and/or curriculum based measurements.
No single criterion or cut-off score is used to include or exclude a student.
Identification and placement are ongoing throughout the school year. A Placement Committee consisting of the GT Coordinator, the building principal, the building counselor, and two or three building teachers meet throughout the year to conduct reviews of all referrals.
The committee considers the student’s entire profile rather than a single score or a series of minimum scores when making a placement decision.
After reviewing multiple sources of data, the placement committee may make one of three recommendations:
1. Place in the GT program
2. Remain in the regular classroom
3. Further consideration
Students identified as gifted and talented show evidence of an interaction among all three areas of above average intellectual ability, task commitment/motivation, and creative ability.
In the case of further consideration, the committee asks for additional data in order to make a decision in the best interest of the child.
Students who are nominated, but not placed in the GT program, may be re-nominated after one year.
Letters are sent home advising parents of the committee’s decision. If the committee recommends GT placement, the student's parents must give signed permission for their child to participate in the program.
Decisions involving referral, identification, or placement in the gifted and talented program are made without discrimination or bias in regard to ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic standing, or disability.