How are Students Identified for Gifted Services?
There are three typical methods for students to get on the radar for possible gifted services. The Gifted Education Coordinator will do their best to identify possible students by disseminating all the student data available to them. However, students may also be brought to the coordinators attention by parents or teachers. This is especially important for students new to the district where the coordinator does not have a great deal of longitudinal data to look at.
Once it is determined a student should be considered, the Gifted Education Coordinator will administer an ability test that will be used along with the variety of previously completed achievement test, teacher recommendations, and parent recommendations to make a final determination on eligibility. Students consistently in the 95th percentile on ability or achievement tests generally qualify but other consideration is taken into account as well. Parents and teachers are then notified of the results.
What Will the Results Indicate?
Students will typically fall into one of the following three categories of service:
Service Level 1
Additional gifted services are not needed at this time. This means the needs of the student can be met in the regular classroom environment with teachers who have been trained in differentiated instructional strategies. Our gifted program, along with the district’s curriculum department, supports training for teachers across the district in the area of curriculum differentiation in the classroom. Because of gifted education support of this training along with our support of after school and summer enrichment opportunities, the efforts of the gifted education program actually serves all the students in the district. Students in Level 1 are welcome to take advantage of after school enrichment opportunities provided by the school district, the gifted education program, and community education.
Level 2 Service
This means that the student showed a particularly high curricular aptitude in one area. While they may not be in need of all gifted services, the student does have at least one area of giftedness and may have their needs met through a variety of services. This could include the STAHR Program, peer group meetings, curriculum differentiation in the classroom, special enrichment opportunities including extracurricular activities, competitions, and field trips. Before any services would be provided, the building principal or gifted education coordinator would contact the parent with more information.
Level 3 Service
This means that the student showed an exceptional curricular aptitude in a variety of areas and may best have their needs met through a range of services. Those services could include the STAHR program, peer group meetings, curriculum differentiation in the classroom, and special enrichment opportunities including extracurricular activities, competitions, and field trips. Before any services would be provided, you would be contacted and provided with more information