Referral Process Overview
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.
For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on an Alabama State Department of Education matrix where points are assigned according to established SDE criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.
Second Grade Child Find
According to the Alabama Department of Education Administrative Code, “all second-grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist provided by the State Department of Education.” The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that students from all populations and socio-economic groups, as well as students with disabilities and students who are limited-English proficient are given the opportunity to be considered for gifted services.
During the first semester, second-grade teachers will observe the students in their classrooms and note any gifted behaviors on a SDE “Gifted Behavior Characteristics Checklist.” The form contains the most common gifted behavior characteristics in the areas of: leadership, creativity, above average ability, motivation, & task-commitment. The students are also given opportunities to demonstrate their potential through the creation of products, which are scored with standardized rubrics.
Screening to determine if the child needs to be considered as a referral is a multiple step process and a committee confers to review the information gathered (including, but not limited to: screening test results, aptitude, characteristics observed in class, performance, work samples, products, grades, and reading/math achievement).