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Identification Tools & Forms

To identify students, the Glendale-River Hills School District uses multiple, culturally-sensitive criteria appropriate to each category of giftedness. Three types of data are used in the process of identifying a student as gifted:
  1. Test data (e.g. WKCE – CRT, ability Tests, AIMSWeb, TOMAGS)
  2. Performance Data (e.g. grades, student work samples and recordings, grade level benchmark tests)
  3. Supporting Data: (e.g. Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales, Parent, teacher and student nomination forms and checklists, letters of recommendation)
Nomination Form and Parent/Guardian Inventory
Parents, guardians, and students can nominate SK-grade 7 students for consideration. Click here to download the MS Word-fillable nomination form or click here to download a printer friendly version. Complete and email to Ann Schroeder, curriculum secretary.Be sure to submit one nomination form for each area of giftedness.

Parents and Guardians nominating a student must also complete a Parent/Guardian Inventory as part of the screening process. Click here, to download a printer friendly version. Complete and mail to Ann Schroeder, Gifted & Talented Coordinator.Only submit one inventory, regardless of the number of nominated areas.

All nominated students will be screened for the area(s) indicated for consideration, with supporting documents brought to the G&T Screening Committee in the Spring for review.

Note that if your child has been identified previously, you do not have to re-nominate her/him.

Appeals Forms
Parents and guardians who do not agree with the findings of the Screening Committee may file an appeal. Appeals forms must be accompanied by new evidence and sent to the Superintendent for consideration. Click here to download the Appeals form.

Identification Process

All K-8 students are screened in the Spring for areas of giftedness following the same general format. The G&T Coordinator collects pertinent data. In late Spring, the G&T Screening Committee [a team of teachers, administrators and the G&T Coordinator] will review the data and determine whether students are eligible as gifted and talented in each area and, if so, at which level.

Click here to view a pdf version of the parent information presentation on this process.

To determine student eligibility for Level II and III Gifted and Talented Services, the G&T Screening Committee evaluates all available data using a holistic approach and looks for compelling evidence that a child’s needs cannot be met in a general education classroom.

No specific score on any one measure determines eligibility. The G&T Screening Committee does not produce individual eligibility reports. Parents / guardians may appeal the decisions of the G&T Screening Committee to the District Administrator.

Communication of Services

Level 1: Communication
For students identified in Levels 1, parents and guardians will receive a letter outlining the student’s talent and the strategies that will be used in the classroom to meet the student's needs.

A copy of the letter will be placed in the student's Gifted and Talented Portfolio and be provided to teachers at the start of each school year.

Levels 2 & 3: Differentiated Education Plan
For students who qualify at levels 2 and 3, parents/guardians will be invited to attend a conference with the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and principal. At that time, the team will develop a Differentiated Education Plan (DEP). The DEP will identify the student's area(s) of talent(s) and outline the goals and strategies to be used to meet the needs of the student. The D.E.P. will be placed in the student's Gifted and Talented Portfolio.

The G&T Coordinator will meet with teachers at the start of each school year to review students’ DEPs.