Identification is based on multiple criteria that call for a consistent pattern of excellence over time. One piece of evidence will be a score at or above the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized test of academic achievement or mental ability, or the potential to perform, using risk factors, at this level. Additional information must be gathered, and may include referral forms, classroom test scores, work samples, grades, and anecdotal records. No single test score, measure, or piece of evidence shall be the sole criterion for identification or prevent students from being identified.
Step 1: Initial Screening/Referral
Classroom teachers, parents or community members may refer a student (K-12) to the school’s TAG Team. Students may also make self-referrals. All students in kindergarten through twelve grade are screened by classroom teachers using the Student-Find Process that is based on researched characteristics of gifted students.
Step 2: Data Review
When a student has been referred, the TAG Team collects and reviews applicable data. In addition to standardized test scores, this data must include at least, two other pieces of supporting evidence such as work samples, grades, or parent/teacher referral forms. The TAG Team then decides whether the student:
- Meets criteria for identification,
- May meet criteria, but more information is needed,
- Potential to perform at the 97th percentile, using risk factors, or
- Does not meet the criteria.
Step 3: Testing
When additional information is needed, individual testing may be requested. Parent permission is required for individual testing. Test results will be shared with parents and the TAG Team.
Step 4: Communication
Parents and the student’s teacher(s) will be notified of the identification decision. Parents have the right to appeal the decision if they disagree, and should contact the principal.
Questions regarding the identification process should be directed to the school’s TAG Advocate or the district TAG Coordinator.