The Identification Process
I think my child may need gifted services, what do I do?
**The gifted resource teacher can provide additional information to students previously identified in Stafford or other divisions to receive gifted services; this includes the process related to the Military Compact.The Gifted Referral Process
- Talk to your child’s teacher regarding your child’s performance, achievement, and behavior in the classroom
- Talk to the Gifted Resource Teacher in your school
Beginning in the fall of 2018, all SCPS 2nd graders will complete the CogAT online screener to target potentially gifted children.However, a K-5th-grade child may be referred for Gifted Identification by any one of several people:
Any of these people may contact the Gifted Resource Teacher at your child’s school to initiate the referral. A referral may be made any time in the school year before February 1st.
- The classroom teacher
- The Gifted Resource Teacher
- The student himself or herself
- Another student
- The student's parent(s)
The identification procedure takes 90 workdays (3-4 months) to be able to gather a complete picture of the student’s performance and how the needs of the student can best be met.
Students may be found in need of services in grades K-12 when they are found to be significantly above grade level in verbal/reading skills, AND/OR in logical/mathematical skills.
*Focus Art is available for referral for students in grades 6-12.
My child has been referred for Gifted Services, now what?
The parent will receive a letter from the K-12 Facilitator of Gifted and Secondary Programs. The letter will briefly explain the procedure for gifted identification. It will also contain:
- a permission slip – allows the Gifted Resource Teacher to begin the identification process
- a parent survey – one or both parents will complete the survey
Please send the permission slip and the questionnaire to your child’s school. The permission slip and questionnaire may go to:
- the Gifted Resource Teacher, OR
- the classroom teacher who will forward it to the Gifted Resource Teacher.
OTHER KEY PLAYERS
The Gifted Resource Teacher will:
The classroom teacher will:
- Schedule testing times with the classroom teacher
- Give the classroom teacher the rating scale, the portfolio, and the deadline for completion
- Arrange for an interview and/or classroom observation of the student
- Gather any other pertinent information (such as previous test scores, assessments, etc.)
- Schedule the identification decision meeting at the school
The Gifted Identification Process
- Complete a rating scale that gives details of observed characteristics in the classroom setting.
- Collect samples of student work that show the student’s performance and achievement in the classroom.
- CogAT Assessment (a group-administered K–12 assessment intended to estimate students' learned reasoning and problem-solving abilities through a battery of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal test items)
- looking for the 95th percentile and higher (the assessment is administered by the Gifted Resource Teacher)
- Achievement Testing (may include IOWA, PSAT, SAT, STAR, or MAP)
- looking for the 95th percentile and higher for specific academic identification
- Teacher Observation
- the rating must show that the student is consistently displaying characteristics of a gifted student
- Student Portfolio
- work samples are evaluated by two of Stafford’s Gifted Resource staff members who have not met the child
- the rating must reveal that the student consistently exceeds grade level expectations
- Resource Teacher Observation / Interview – as observed in class lessons and/or an interview completed by the Gifted Resource teacher. It must show that the student is significantly exceeding grade level expectations.
- Parent Survey - completed by parent(s)/guardian(s) and returned to Gifted Resource teacher at the school.
Criteria for Identification to receive Gifted Services
The student should score as significantly exceeding grade level expectations in at least 5 out of the 6 components. A committee comprised of an administrator, the classroom teacher(s), and the Focus Resource Teacher will evaluate the data and make a determination of services needed. One of the following three decisions will be made:
- The student’s needs are currently being met in the classroom through differentiation
- The student is in need of gifted education services
- The committee needs more time to determine the needs of the student (monitor)
The parents will be notified of the decision through a letter sent in the mail from the K-12 Facilitator of Gifted & Secondary Programs.
If at any time you have questions about the Gifted Identification Process, please contact the Gifted Resource Teacher at your child’s school or the K-12 Facilitator of Gifted and Secondary Programs.
Stephenie L. Fellinger, Ed.D.
Facilitator of K-12 Gifted Education and Secondary Programs
Kate Waller Barrett
Middle SchoolFOCUS ART GRADES 6-8Tyler Clarke
(540) 373-0383A.G. Wright Middle
(540) 658-6240Dixon-Smith Middle
Suzanne Wilson(540) 899-0860
H.H. Poole Middle
Rodney Thompson Middle
(540) 658-6420Stafford Middle
(540) 658-6210High School