A student may be referred for testing for possible placement in the gifted program by a parent, teacher, administrator, peer, or self. Achievement tests are given annually to all students in 2nd and 4th grades. These scores are screened to identify students who automatically meet the achievement test score criteria.
To be eligible for gifted program services, students must meet the eligibility requirements set by the Georgia Department of Education in at least three out of four of the evaluation areas. Those areas and scoring requirements are as follows:
A. Mental Ability: A score of 96% or above on a test of Cognitive Ability
B. Achievement: A score or 90% or above in the areas of Reading, Math, or Total Battery on a nationally normed achievement test (such as the ITBS)
C. Creativity: A score of 90% or above on the Total Battery score of a standardized test of creativity or a standardized creativity characteristic rating scale or performance rubric
D. Motivation: A grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale averaged over the previous two years (for 4th and 5th grades only) or a score of 90% or above on a standardized motivation rating scale
Testing takes place two times each school year. The exact times vary from year to year, but generally take place in October and March. Scores are valid for two years, after which a student may be reconsidered for testing. Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, or handicapping condition. The Georgia Department of Education does not discriminate in any educational programs or activities. Putnam County Elementary School’s gifted program adheres to non-discriminatory laws. For additional information about testing, please contact your child’s teacher, or the gifted program teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org