These referrals are usually made by classroom teachers; however, any responsible person who has knowledge of a student’s intellectual functioning may make a referral. This may include parents, students, or professionals from other agencies. Direct referral does not necessarily indicate testing. Records of students that have been directly referred will be examined by The In-School Gifted Eligibility Team for such data as prior testing, classroom performance, and characteristics of giftedness. The Tift County School System shall obtain written consent for testing from parent or guardian of students who are being evaluated for gifted education services.
In an effort to evaluate potentially eligible students who might not otherwise be referred for gifted education, system wide testing scores will be reviewed annually by the gifted teachers and the school-level eligibility team. Automatic referral does not necessarily indicate testing. Records of students who have been automatically referred will be examined for such data as prior testing, classroom performance, and characteristics of giftedness. Should testing be indicated, written parental consent will be required.