A four step process is used to identify Highly-capable and Gifted Students in FFC8. A student may be referred for consideration by a parent, teacher, previous district identification, or assessment data. A student new to FFC8 who was previously identified GT in another district/state will automatically be referred for the screening process. A body of evidence is collected for an identification process. Based on the student’s learning profile, an educational team trained in gifted identification will convene to analyze the data and determine the level of appropriate identification. If a parent, student or teacher does not agree with the identification decision, he/she has the right to an appeal.
A student may be referred for the identification process by:
Step II—Collection of Body of Evidence
An educational team consisting of the classroom teacher, counselor or school psychologist, and building administrator will collect and review a Body of Evidence for the referred student. This includes assessment results, class work, parental input, teacher observations, performance evaluation, and portfolio review. The Identification Committee will make a recommendation for identification.
The Screening Committee will recommend one of the following levels of identification:
Grade Level Learner: Body of evidence suggests the student is performing successfully on current grade level standards.
Highly-capable Learner: Evidence suggests the student demonstrates potential and/or ability above grade level standards. The student may require differentiated teaching strategies or curriculum to ensure academic growth.
Gifted Learner: Evidence strongly suggests the student demonstrates exceptional potential and/or ability. The student is identified as a Gifted Learner and an Advanced Learning Plan will be developed to ensure academic growth and achievement.
Step IV—Appeal Process
A parent, student or teacher has the right to appeal the identification decision. To initiate an appeal process the appellant should contact the building principal and complete the necessary documentation.