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Screening and Identification

 Identification of gifted students is an ongoing process extending from grades kindergarten through twelve. Results from standardized academic assessments are used to identify a student as gifted. Therefore, once identified for the gifted program, students are not required to go through an annual qualifying process unless students demonstrate difficulty with the program of service provided. Testing instruments that have been developed to eliminate cultural bias may be used as validating instruments. No single criterion or score is used to exclude a student from being identified. Identification procedures will be analyzed annually to avoid any type of discrimination.

In keeping with the state mandate that every district Board of Education shall adopt policies and procedures to identify the intellectually gifted and talented students enrolled in its public schools and provide such students with an appropriate educational program opportunity pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A: 8-3.1(a)(5) and district philosophy to provide inclusionary programs for all students. Students will be nominated for the academically talented program according to the multiple identification criteria summarized below. At this time, English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (Math) are the two content areas under examination.

Grades 2-8

ELA and Math

  • End-of-Year GPA to determine overall academic performance
  • Universal screener for ELA and Math to determine competence in those subjects
  • District assessments in ELA and Math to determine local achievement in standards
  • Teacher inventory of learning and motivation characteristics to determine task commitment

Updated: 7/14/2018