FOR IDENTIFICATION OF CHILDREN
WHO ARE GIFTED
means students who perform or show potential for performing at
remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of
their age, experience, or environment.
District ensures equal opportunity for all district students identified
as gifted to receive services offered by the district.
The River Valley Referral Packet "Policies and Plan for the
Identification of Children Who Are Gifted" is available for download as PDF files. (See links below.)
The district ensures there are ample and appropriate scheduling procedures for assessments and reassessment using:
Children may be referred on an ongoing basis, based on the following:
- Group tests;
- Individually-administered tests;
- Audition, Performance;
- Display of work;
- Exhibition; and
- Child request (self-referral);
- Teacher recommendation;
- Parent/guardian request;
- Child referral of peer; and
- Other (e.g., psychologist, community members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.)
For more information regarding the referral packet, please contact Ronda Uresti
, Coordinator of Gifted Education.
Screening and Assessing
District uses a three-part approach to screen students who perform or
show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the
areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability,
creativity, and visual and/or performing arts.
pre-assessment part of the process involves gathering student data from
a variety of sources including teacher, parent, and peer nominations,
grades, portfolios, observations, review of student records, and
outstanding products or performances, etc.
- Stage II: Assessment for Screening
screening stage examines the data gathered from the pre-assessment
stage and determines if additional assessment is necessary.
making decisions about additional assessment, existing test data for
students is not the sole determining criteria. School personnel examine
all available information about a student to determine if an evidence of
possible giftedness exists for that student and conduct necessary
- Stage III: Assessment for Identification
strategies provide additional data necessary for an identification
decision and the delivery of services. Strategies for additional
assessment include individual and group testing. Once additional
assessment has been completed, the data obtained throughout the stages
of identification are evaluated, the identification decision is made and
student’s educational needs are determined.
at anytime, a student wishes to withdraw from gifted programs or
services, the request should be written by the parent or child to the