Initial Eligibility: Information shall be gathered in each of the four categories described below in Option B. Any data used to establish eligibility in one area shall not be used to establish eligibility in another area. Any test score used to determine eligibility shall be current within two years. Data gathered and analyzed by a source outside the school system shall be considered as part of the nomination and evaluation process; however, such data shall not be substituted for data generated by the school and may never be used as the sole source of assessment data.
A student may qualify for gifted education services by meeting both criteria in Option A or three of the four criteria in Option B as specified by each local school system. At least one of the four criteria must be met by a score on a nationally normed test.
- Mental Ability – Students in grades K-2 must achieve a score at or above the 99th percentile on a composite or full scale score of a standardized test of mental ability. Students in grades 3-12 must achieve a score at or above the 96th percentile on a composite or full scale score of a standardized test of mental ability.
- Achievement - Students in grades K-12 must achieve a score at or above the 90th age or grade percentile on the composite or total reading or total mathematics section of a nationally normed standardized achievement test.
- Mental Ability – Students must achieve a composite, or an appropriate normed component score, at or above the 96th percentile on a nationally normed mental ability test.
- Achievement– A composite or total reading or total math score at or above the 90th percentile on a nationally normed standardized achievement test.
- Motivation – The Tift County School System has selected Three possible measures for motivation. Any of the three may be used, depending upon the student’s grade level and opportunities for assessment.
- Students who earn a cumulative grade point average of ≥ 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, where a 4.0 = A, a 3.0 = B computed for the two years immediately preceding the current grade level. GPA shall be computed on core curriculum areas only (math, English/language arts, science, social studies, and foreign language, if taught as a subject area rather than an exploratory).
- Students who earn a score of ≥ 90th percentile on a standardized motivational characteristics rating scale.
- Students who show a superior academic performance through a score of ≥ 90th percentile on a scale of 1-100 on a structured rating by a panel of three or more individuals. Performance in honors classes, AP courses, national academic competitions are examples of data which may be considered.
- Creativity – Students must score at or above the 90th percentile on an assessment for creativity