Superior Cognitive Ability
A student shall be identified as exhibiting "superior cognitive ability" if the student did any one of the following within the preceding twenty-four months:
1. Scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved standardized group intelligence test (i.e. CogAT 128 or higher);
2. Performed at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on an approved individual or group standardized basic or composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test or;
3. Attained an approved score on one or more approved above grade-level standardized, nationally normed tests.
Specific Academic Ability
A student shall be identified as exhibiting “specific academic ability” if, within the preceding twenty-four months, the student:
1. Scored at or above the 95th percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test (i.e. IOWA, Stanford) of specific academic ability in that field, including Reading, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Studies. A student may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic field.
2. Attained an approved score on one or more above grade-level standardized, nationally normed approved tests.
*The American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) have been approved for use in the identification of gifted students in select grade levels.
Creative Thinking Abilities
Identification for Creative Thinking Ability
involves a two-pronged process because the student is evaluated for cognitive abilities and for creative characteristics. Evaluations of this kind can occur in conjunction with the referral/screening process for Superior Cognitive Abilities.
A student shall be identified gifted in the area of “creative thinking ability” if, within the previous twenty-four months, the students:
1. Scored at or above one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test administered,
AND did either one of the following:
a. Attained a sufficient score, as established by the department of education, on an approved individual or group test of creative ability, OR
b. Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist of creative behaviors.Visual and Performing Arts Ability
A student shall be identified as exhibiting “visual or performing arts ability” superior to that of children of similar age if the student has done BOTH
of the following:
1. Demonstrated to a trained through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, a superior ability in a visual or performing arts area; AND
2. Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the Department of Education, on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.Screening and Identification Process Overview
The screening and identification process for identifying students gifted in the visual arts includes the following components:
a. Nomination of the student for screening/assessmentClick HERE for Visual/Performing Arts Nomination Form.
b. Evaluation of the student using an approved behavioral checklist
c. An evaluation of the student’s display of work/portfolio/performance using an approved scoring rubric completed by professionals in the field.