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Gift and Talented Screening and Evaluation

Gifted and Talented Screening, Evaluation and Placement

The following screening and referral procedures, in compliance with the South Carolina Department of Education, will be used by CCSD schools to determine eligibility for the Gifted and Talented academic programs in the school year.

Whom do you screen?

  • All children enrolled in 2nd grade are screened through statewide census testing.
  • All nominated or referred children in 3rd through 12th grades. Nomination referrals can come from administrators, parents, teachers, and students. (form provided above)
  • All children with high census aptitude and/or achievement scores.

What instruments are used for student screenings?

  • All of the testing instruments used are nationally normed.
  • For 2nd graders, the state provides an aptitude (CogAT – Cognitive Abilities Test) and achievement (ITBS – Iowa Test of Basic Skills) test, and students take the Fall/Spring school testing using the Measures in Achievement Performance (MAP) achievement test.
  • For 3rd graders, an aptitude (CoGAT) test, SC Ready Achievement Test, and the MAP achievement test (Fall and Spring tests).
  • For students in 4th grade and above, the OLSAT aptitude test, the MAP achievement test (Fall or Spring test), and the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to SC Ready are used.

What is the process for screening and determining eligibility of students in 2nd through 5th grades?

  • Round One: In the Fall, all 2nd graders; all students whom have been nominated (by parents, teachers, administrators, and students); and all children for whom new census data are available will be assessed.
  • Round Two: In the Spring, children in 2nd through 5th grades who have met either the aptitude (Dimension A) or the achievement (Dimension B) standard— but NOT both— may take the South Carolina Performance Tasks (Project STAR) for Dimension C.

What process do you follow for screening and determining eligibility of rising 6th through 12th grade students?

To meet the gifted criteria for qualifying, a student must meet the following 
(July 2014 Regulations - The Gifted and Talented Regulations have changed as of 7/01/2013 to accept the usage of year ending 5th grade GPAs. The 3.75 or higher is required for the four core subject areas: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies.):

  1. Score a composite score (total) which of 96% or higher national age percentile (Dimension A) OR
  2. Meet the criteria of 2 of the 3 Dimensions:
  • Dimension A (Aptitude): 93% or higher national age percentile rank score on any subtest
  • Dimension B (Achievement): 94th or higher national age percentile score or meet the cut off scores from PASS (Reading or Math Only)
  • Dimension C (Intellectual/Academic): Minimum of 3.75 Grade GPA on a four point scale of yearlong core subjects (rising 7th grade and above) - not to be confused with the Uniform Grading Policy’s class weightings
  • Children who are screened using a GPA (Dimension C) must obtain a 3.75 on a 4.0 scale to meet the criterion of Dimension C) - not to be confused with the Uniform Grading Policy’s class weightings
  • This overall GPA will be determined using English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language. The GPA is computed using final grades from the most recently completed school year.

Who oversees placement into the Gifted and Talented Program?

Each school has an Evaluation and Placement Team (usually the core team), which ensures appropriate student placement in the Gifted and Talented Program by properly interpreting and evaluating student data.

What is the procedure for placement in the Gifted and Talented program?

  • Students meeting the state identification criteria are then reviewed by the school’s Evaluation and Placement Team (core team) to ensure that the placement is in the best interest of the child (parents are included in these decisions). All 2nd graders who become eligible and are placed in the Gifted and Talented program will begin the program at the beginning of the following school year.
  • All 3rd grade and up students meeting the Gifted and Talented criterion and Evaluation/Placement team approval will be placed if there is room available in the applicable SAIL or Gifted and Talented Honors (core) class. If there is not room available, the student will be placed on a waiting list. (usually a concern only in middle/high schools because of the core classes)
  • In addition, the Evaluation and Placement Team will adhere to “Removal of Students from the Gifted and Talented Program” guidelines. These guidelines outline the process involving the Evaluation/Placement team to ensure that all decisions are made in the best interest of the student.
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