Gifted IdentificationScreeningAll available data will be considered during the initial screening process including, but not limited to:>Information contained in the permanent record.>The total battery score on a nationally-normed, standardized achievement test must be at or above the 95th percentile. The total battery must reflect scores from reading, language and math.>Observational data from teachers, parents and other personnel.>Other district developed criteria.Further EvaluationStudents meeting the initial screening criteria will be further evaluated by a more expansive application of the criteria above. Students must meet the criteria in at least two of the following three areas:>Academic Ability - including a norm-referenced, standardized achievement test with a total battery score at or above the 95th percentile. The total battery must reflect scores from reading, language and math.>Creativity, Reasoning and Problem-Solving Ability - including a score at or above the 90th percentile on the "Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary Students" (SAGES).>District-developed criteria - including age-appropriate observational checklist.Individual EvaluationThe following component is a requirement for qualification:>General Mental Ability - a full-scale IQ score or General Abilitites Index of 130 (percentile rank of 98%) or higher on an individualized intelligence test such as the Stanford Binet V, Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WISC IV) or Wechsler Preschool Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI).Students meeting the above criteria may be enrolled in the district's gifted program (Capstone).Testing TimelineKindergarten:-Screening during the spring-Testing April - May-Classes for identified students will begin approximately the second week of the following school year and will continue throughout the year.First through Eighth Grade:-Screening February and March-Testing May and June-Classes for identified students will begin approximately the second week of the following school year and continue throughout the year.Transfer StudentStudents who transfer into the district may be placed in the gifted program if all of the following conditions are met:>The student must previously have been placed in a gifted program.>The areas addressed by the two programs must be similar, i.e. both are general academic programs, or both are specific academic programs.>The student meets or exceeds the district's selection criteria as established by the board policy.>The district, student and parents agree to such placement.Out-of-District TestingParents or guardian may choose either in-district or out-of-district cognitive assessment of their child. If the choice has been made to have out-of-district evaluation, the following criteria must be met in order that assessment results are accepted by the Camdenton R-III School District.>Parent or guardian must submit notification in writing to the director of gifted education prior to testing.>Parent or guardian must sign a Consent for Release/Mutual Exchange of Information form prior to testing. This will facilitate communication of information between the school district and the examiner.>A district approved licensed psychometrist, counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist must administer the evaluation.>The evaluation must be an instrument currently used by the Camdenton R-III School District. Due to retest time restrictions, the director of gifted education must preapprove the assessment instrument.>All out-of-district evaluations are the financial responsibility of the parent or guardian unless otherwise designated by the director of gifted programs.
After the evaluation is completed, the examiner will mail the results to the director of gifted education. At this time, the director will determine if the test scores qualify the student to meet district criteria for placement in the gifted program.