Identification and Referrals
To ensure procedures are consistent across the region and reflect our target to identify students in traditionally underserved populations and from all categories of outstanding potential, all districts agree to meet the following standards for identification.
Districts may have their own identification procedures and processes customized for their particular stakeholder groups. All districts are encouraged to maintain a website with information about gifted education identification processes and referral forms easily accessible to the community.
- Referral Procedures and Sources of Referrals: A student may be referred by a teacher or staff member, a parent, peer or community member, or may self-refer.
- Screening Procedures and Tools used for Grade Level Screening:
All districts will screen all students at one or more grade level using behavioral inventories/checklists, the Naglieri (NNAT), Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and/or Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, depending on the population in the district. Districts should also develop a talent pool for identifying students with potential who may benefit from enhanced programming options in the regular classroom.
- Primary Tools for Identification and Description of the Required Body of Evidence
Quantitative and qualitative data comprise the body of evidence. A body of evidence, organized on the SJBOCES or district Student Profile, may include but is not limited to behavioral checklists, grade level screening data, formal and informal classroom and district assessments such as MAPS/NWEA and CMAS, portfolio documentation, parent and teacher checklists, student self-assessments, and anecdotal records. All districts will use a team approach to review student evidence. The team determines if a student requires additional testing. Both qualitative and quantitative data is required and considered. Available testing materials include the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), and the Naglieri Non-verbal Abilities Test (NNAT).