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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. 
A determination of next steps should be made and communicated no more than 30 days after a referral is made.
If a student moves into a San Juan BOCES district with a gifted identification from another district or state, the student's body of evidence for identification will be reviewed within 45 days by the district gifted personnel, and communication will be made to families within 60 days. If the body of evidence does not meet Colorado State Identification Guidelines, the receiving district will consult with the former district, the parents/ guardians and the student and re-evaluate the identification determination. 
  • 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).