2Referrals Automatic Reported Reciprocity System-wide assessment – ITBS, CogAT, RenzullisReportedReciprocityOnly in stateAutomatic Referrals:Currently grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 go through the automatic referral process due to system-wide testingThe CogAT is administered in grades 1, 3, and 7The ITBS is administered in grades 3, 5, and 7Remind parents these scores are valid for two yearsReported Referrals:Can be made by any person with knowledge of a student’s abilities. Reported Referrals are required for any student from out of state who wants to be considered for gifted eligibility in the state of GA.Reported referrals require the completion of GF 157 by referring individual.Making a referral does not necessarily mean that a child will be tested further. All existing data is reviewed. If further testing is warranted, permission to test a student will be obtained in writing.ReciprocityIn state - Any student who meets the Georgia eligibility criteria is considered eligible to receive gifted education service in Cobb County upon verification of records. The student transferring into the district must meet the Cobb’s criteria for continuation of gifted services.
3State LawTwo Options for Eligibility Option A/Psychometric: A student must meet eligibility requirements in both Mental Abilities and Achievement. Option B/ Multiple Criteria: A student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas: Mental Abilities, Achievement, Creativity, and Motivation.
4Determination of Eligibility Option A/Psychometric: A student must meet eligibility requirements in both areas:Mental Ability: 96th percentile (3-12) or 99th percentile (K-2) on a standardized test of mental ability - Composite Score only.Achievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement battery .May want to refer parents to the Testing Terms sheet and explain:MA– we use age percentilesA – we use grade percentiles
5Determination of Eligibility Option B/ Mutliple Criteria: A student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas:Mental Ability: 96th percentile on a standardized test of mental ability - Component or Composite scoreAchievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement batteryCreativity: 90th percentile / 90th percent on a creativity assessmentMotivation: 90th percentile / 90th percent on a motivation assessmentInform parents that two rating scales cannot be used to determine gifted eligibility, AND that scores from system-wide testing are valid for two years.
6Sample Score ReportWe use the age percentile scores on the mental abilities assessment and grade percentile scores on the achievement – this is determined by the stateBriefly review important terms from the testing glossary: difference btw percentile (norms) and percentage: percentile is a score that compares a child to a group (norming process) and percentage is a score based on proportion of correctly answered items on an assessment, grade equivalent
7Assessments usedMental abilities- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)Achievement- Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-10)Creativity- Renzulli Behavioral Rating Scale for Creativity (1-12), Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT)Motivation- Renzulli Behavioral Rating Scale for Motivation (1-12), motivation portfolio (1-3); Children’s Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory(CAIMI) (4-5)The state has a wider menu of assessment options that can be utilized, HOWEVER, it is a menu for local school systems, not parents. We can not feasibly provide every assessment option for each category.
8Renzulli Rating Scales Based on behaviors observed in the classroom over a minimum of nine weeksAll teachers receive training on identifying behaviors that exemplify characteristics of creativity and motivation specific to gifted children.If you are questioned about the SUBJECTIVITY of teachers when completing these rating scales, remind parents of the training teachers receive and about their ability to apply professional judgment in rating a student’s behavioral characteristics. These judgments are based on observed behaviors in the classroom.
9Example of CreativityCreativity Characteristic – The student demonstrates the ability to generate a large number of ideas or solutions to problems or questions. Behaviors: good problem solver, thinks of different ways of doing things, trouble settling on one idea, and therefore, may have difficulty beginning tasks.Important to point out to parents that some behaviors could be viewed negatively, but can still be an indicator of this characteristic. However, one demonstrated characteristic, does not indicate overall giftedness in creativity. There are nine creativity characteristics that are rated on the scale.
10Example of MotivationMotivation Characteristic – The student demonstrates tenacity for finding out information on topics of interest.Behaviors: seeks opportunities to find more information about a topic beyond what is presented in class, is able to contribute additional information on topics discussed in class due to independent research, student may be too focused on one topic.Important to point out to parents that some behaviors could be viewed negatively, but can still be an indicator of this characteristic. However, one demonstrated characteristic, does not indicate overall giftedness in motivation. There are eleven motivation characteristics that are rated on the scale.
11KindergartenAlthough we do not formally assess kindergarteners for gifted service, we do serve them through the collaboration model when requested by the regular education teacher.
12Testing WindowRefer to the Cobb County testing calendar for system-wide testing dates and grade levels.Gifted eligibility evaluation begins once system-wide test scores are received and reviewed by Target teacher – this is usually around November.Every attempt is made to complete gifted eligibility evaluation before the winter break. However, there are circumstances that cause testing to carry over to the new year.
13Delivery Models for Gifted Service ElementaryOne day a week, resource classInterdisciplinary curriculumMiddle SchoolAdvanced content classesPlacement based on demonstrated need in content areasSpecific criteria for placement determined by local schoolHigh SchoolHonors and Advanced Placement classesA student does not need to be identified gifted to be eligible for advanced content classes in middle and high school.
14Thank you for your interest in gifted eligibility and service.