Gifted Identification At-A-Glance

  • (Updated after the Exceptional Children’s Education Act Revision, 2015)

Specific Talent Aptitude

  • Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Psychomotor, Creativity and/or Leadership 

    Aptitude Test
    95th Percentile (NNAT, CogAT, WJ, or WISC) 

    Norm Referenced Observation Scale
    95% GES-3, by coach, teacher or sponsor 

    Performance Evaluation
    State or national talent contest or competition

    (top 5% ranking)
    Expert juried performance (advanced/distinguished)
    Portfolio review by Identification Team
    Two Performance elements may be used in cases where an aptitude score is unavailable.

Specific Academic Aptitude (with Cognitive)

  • For Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies 
    and/or World Languages 

    Aptitude Test
    95th percentile (NNAT, CogAT, WJ, or WISC)

    Norm Referenced Observation Scale
    95% on SIGS, teacher scale only

    Norm-Referenced Achievement Tests:
    95th Percentile

     

Specific Academic Aptitude (without Cognitive)

  • For Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and/or World Languages 

    NO Aptitude Test

    Norm Referenced Observation Scale
    95% on SIGS, teacher scale only

    Norm-Referenced Achievement Tests:
    95th Percentile
    At least 2 different types of tests in identified strength area

    Consistent performance for at least 3 years

     

General Intellectual Ability

  • This category may be used as a rare exception for extremely bright, or the twice-exceptional students with poor achievement data. 

    Aptitude Test
    95th percentile (NNAT, CogAT, WJ, or WISC)
     

    Norm Referenced Observation Scale
    95% SIGS, completed by teacher 

    The ID Team Must Also
    Examine supplemental information from interviews, observations or performances beyond the academic content areas

    Review this decision annually
    Ask if this is the best classification
    Investigate whether a specific academic area more appropriate