A student is referred for consideration by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents/guardians, peers, self or others with knowledge of student’s academic abilities. Students could be automatically referred if they score at specified levels on norm-reference tests. The local board of education establishes the score(s) needed for automatic referral.
Once a student is referred, he/she begins testing in the areas of mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation. Testing typically takes several weeks to complete. If a child is determined to be eligible for gifted services, he/she will receive 5 hours per week of service in the gifted resource classroom.
Characteristics/Signs of Gifted Children
Here are some characteristics of gifted students that parents should consider if they think their children are gifted:
Gifted students are often perfectionist and idealistic.
Gifted students may experience heightened sensitivity to their own expectations and those of others.
Gifted students are asynchronous.
Some gifted students are “mappers” (sequential learners), while others are “leapers” (spatial learners).
Gifted students may be so far ahead of their chronological age mates that they know half the curriculum before the school year begins!
Gifted children are problem solvers.
Gifted students often think abstractly and with such complexity that they may need help with concrete study and test-taking skills.
Gifted students who do well in school may define success as getting an “A” and failure as any grade less than an “A”.
Other information about the testing process: