Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges
The purposes of the identification process are:
to find students who display characteristics of the gifted and talented (i.e., ability or potential)
to assess the aptitudes, attributes, and behaviors of each student;
to evaluate each student for the purpose of placement
to provide appropriate academic programs and services to meet their needs.
Gifted and talented students may be found within any racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group; within any nationality; within both genders; and within populations with disabilities. Identification is a multi-step process, which consists of referral, screening, and assessment of eligibility by a district evaluation and placement team. In order to qualify for placement in gifted/talented programs, a student must meet the eligibility criteria in TWO out of the following three dimensions:
Dimension A -- Reasoning*
Students must score at or above the 93rd national age percentile on a nationally normed aptitude test. Students may be eligible for placement on the basis of aptitude scores alone if they score at or above the 96th national age percentile on the composite score of a nationally normed aptitude test.
Dimension B --Achievement
Students must score at or above the 94th national percentile on approved reading or math subtests on a nationally normed achievement test such as MAP (Fall or Spring) or score at the performance standard level set at the state level on the South Carolina ELA and/or math tests. Students are NOT eligible on the basis of achievement scores alone.
Dimension C -- Academic Performance is only applied if student has already met Dimension A or B. For placement in grades 3-6, a student must achieve a performance standard set on verbal or non-verbal performance tasks which are administered in February of each year. Beginning in grade 6, a 3.75 grade point average in the academic disciplines may also be used.
Evaluation for Placement:
Automatic Eligibility for Placement: A composite score of 96th national age percentile or higher on a nationally normed aptitude or intelligence test.
No private testing will be accepted for eligibility, but those results may be considered for referral purposes. Parents are notified by letter when a student qualifies for the gifted program. Those students who are referred, evaluated, and do not qualify are also notified by mail.