Gifted Screening Process

Definition

A student who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities. A gifted student may demonstrate expertise and experience in the specific content area. (Refer to 160-4-2-.38) Source: Georgia Department of Education Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services.

Referral

  • Teachers, counselors, parents, peers, administrators, self and others may refer students for consideration for the gifted program.
  • Each year during a specified two-week period in January, teachers shall observe students looking for the Traits, Attitudes and Behaviors (Tabs) of a gifted child.
  • Any student who demonstrates five of the ten identified TABs characteristics shall be considered for gifted testing. This constitutes a teacher referral.
  • Parents, counselors, administrators, peers, and self need to submit a written referral to the eligibility team for consideration.
  • Any student scoring a 90% or higher in total math, total reading, or composite score, shall be considered for gifted testing.
  • The school gifted eligibility team shall review the student records of all referred students to determine which students will proceed to further evaluation for gifted services.
  • Students may only go into full referral every two years as the test scores are valid for that period.
  • During alternate years, files may be reopened and additional information added as warranted.

Evaluation

  • Once the school gifted eligibility team has completed its work, written consent to test students shall be obtained from parents before the evaluation process continues.
  • Data will be collected and/or test administered in four areas to determine eligibility for gifted services. The four areas consist of: mental ability, achievement, motivation, and creativity. There is no one test or assessment that determines eligibility. The State of Georgia uses multiple criteria to evaluate students for gifted services.

Fall Evaluation

  • Students who were not Bibb County students the previous fall may be evaluated.
  • Students must demonstrate academic excellence in order to be considered for testing.
  • Referrals must be made in writing within the first two weeks of school.
  • Once the gifted eligibility team decides to further evaluate a student, the process will take approximately six weeks to complete.
  • Teachers are asked not to discuss ongoing testing with parents. Parents are welcome to contact the Gifted Office with their questions or concerns.

Spring Evaluation

  • Each year during a specified two-week period in January, teachers shall observe students looking for the Traits, Attitudes and Behaviors (TABs) of a gifted child.
  • Parents, counselors, administrators, peers, and self need to submit a written referral to the eligibility team for consideration.
  • The school gifted eligibility team shall review the student records of all referred students to determine which students will proceed to further evaluation for gifted services.
  • Once the school gifted eligibility team has completed its work, written consent to test students shall be obtained from parents before the evaluation process continues.
  • During the spring, teachers of the gifted will gather data and administer appropriate tests to determine student eligibility for gifted services. This is a major system-wide process that takes months to complete.
  • The Gifted Office will process student eligibility and ineligibility letters in late May or early June.
  • Parents may contact the Gifted Office once they receive the written notification regarding gifted status to inquire about specific data/test scores.
  • Teachers are asked not to discuss ongoing testing with parents. Parents are welcome to contact the Gifted Office with their questions or concerns.
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