GIFTED REVIEW PROCESS AND REFERRALS
Anyone can nominate a student for a gifted review. If you believe a student is performing well above grade level or demonstrates exceptional talent, a Gifted & Talented Nomination Form should be completed and returned to the student’s school. The form can be found at the student’s school or on the D11 GT home page in the Resources.
Upon referral, a Tier I GT Review is written by the teacher and recorded in a GT Review Plan. The teacher will decide upon the type of Tier I intervention, frequency, and length. Ongoing student district achievement data during the length of the intervention will be recorded and/or monitored. When data points of greater than or equal to the 85th percentile are recorded, parents/guardians will be contacted for a Gifted Review meeting.
Gifted Review Meeting(s)
A Gifted Review meeting is initiated when a body of evidence indicates gifted potential. The Gifted Review Team is comprised of a Gifted Resource Teacher or District staff trained in the gifted identification process, parent(s)/guardian(s), applicable teachers, and the student when appropriate. The assessment, performance, and/or portfolio data will be reviewed, and next steps will be discussed. If the team decides that cognitive testing is needed for this child, parent/guardian permission for such testing will be requested and recorded in the plan. Cognitive scores will be shared with parents/guardians after the testing has been completed.
Possible Outcomes / Next Steps
The evidence does not support the formal identification or immediate need for gifted intervention of the student at this time. The evidence indicates that the child would be best served within the regular classroom.
Additional information is needed for the Body of Evidence / Gifted Review Plan. For students who show potential of a formal identification because they have high achievement and/or ability scores, the child can be placed into the Tier II Talent Pool Enrichment category. Parent permission is required for inclusion in Tier II Talent Pool Enrichment. Tier II Talent Pool Enrichment student groups receive enrichment, but they are not yet formally identified as gifted and talented (Tier II Talent Pool Enrichment).
Evidence meets Colorado criteria for a gifted identification (Tier III Gifted Identification). The Gifted Review Team submits the plan to the Gifted & Talented Facilitator for review and signature. A signed Gifted Review Plan becomes a part of the child’s educational record and a copy should be placed in the student’s cumulative file.
Communication concerning the outcome of the student referral is discussed with parents/guardians during or immediately following a Gifted Review meeting. A letter from the District 11 Gifted & Talented office will be mailed to the child’s address on record describing the outcome of the team’s decision. Parents/Guardians should keep a copy of this letter. If a child is formally identified with a Tier III gifted identification, an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be developed based on student strengths and needs 30-45 days from the time of formal identification. The ALP is an active document for each entire school year.