ID Process

BRISTOL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

IDENTIFICATION PROCESS FOR GIFTED STUDENTS


In keeping with State Department of Education guidelines, and Best practice, our process is a multi-tiered one that is systematic and ongoing.


STEP 1:

· The Teacher of the gifted will generate a list of students demonstrating advanced ability in both mathematics and reading, using an established cutoff score taken from standardized testing.

· Copies of the Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students will be sent to Gifted Coaches for distribution to students’ teachers (Grades K-5) or to teams (Grades 6-8). At the elementary level, the previous year's teachers will complete the forms. At the middle school level, the team will complete one form together.


STEP 2:

· The Gifted Scales will be completed by the teachers (Grades 3-5) or by the team (Grades 6-8) for all students on the list of potentially identified. All packets should be returned by the Gifted Coaches to the Teacher of the Gifted by the date noted. The Teacher of the Gifted will analyze the scales to identify student learning characteristics.


STEP 3:

· Letters will be sent home to the parents of students that meet the criteria in Steps 1 – 2 to inform them of the identification process.

· Parents will be asked to sign a release form for further testing.


STEP 4:

· The Teacher of the Gifted will administer the CogAT 7 Test to all qualifying students.

· The test is administered over three separate sessions (verbal, non verbal, quantitative), with each session taking approximately 45 minutes.

· All tests will be scored, analyzed, compared to norms by the teacher of the gifted and combined with first and second indicators to create a student profile.


STEP 5:

  • A letter will be mailed to parents from the citywide gifted teacher for all students who do NOT meet established criteria.

STEP 6:

· Students meeting establised criteria will be identified as gifted.

· The Teacher of the Gifted will submit a school list of identified gifted students to the building Principal and the Assistant Superintendent.

· This information will include student name, address, phone number, school, grade and parent name. Parents will then receive a letter from the Assistant Superintendent's office verifying child's formal gifted identification.