Students are considered for gifted identification as a result of parent requests or staff referrals. The process begins with collection and analysis of existing assessment data, parent and teacher input, and screening conducted by the school counselor. Gathered information is analyzed to determine if a student is recommended to receive a Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE).
The GMDE is a process for gathering the information used to determine if a student qualifies for gifted education. Part of this process includes an evaluation by a certified school psychologist.
The Gifted Multidisciplinary Team (GTDT) reviews the compiled information and prepares a Gifted Written Report (GWR) which indicates whether a student is gifted and in need of specially designed instruction. Gifted identification is not based on ITQ score alone.
Once a student is identified as gifted and in need of specially designed instruction, a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) is developed by the GIEP team. The GIEP, a written plan that describes the student’s educational programming, is reviewed/revised at least annually.
Though many children have similar needs, and therefore similar goals and objectives, GIEPs are not all identical. These are written based on the individual student’s needs, skills, interests, and talents.