Students are assessed for the Gifted and Talented program twice a year. In the spring we start the recommendation process by asking teachers for names of students who the teachers believe show characteristics of a gifted learner. Once we have a list of nominated students, we ensure students whose available cognitive abilities test score is at or above a 125 are included in the GT selection process. Parents are then notified their child is being screened for the GT program.
Sometimes students are not recommended for GT screening by a teacher, but parents believe their child shows characteristics of a gifted learner. Parents may request to have their child screened. Parents wishing to have their child screened must reach out to their child’s building principal by May 15th. A principal will meet with the parent to discuss the request.
Depending on available scores, students may be required to take a cognitive assessment and/or the Torrance Test of Creativity. Teachers complete the Renzulli Hartman characteristic rubric, and we examine the scores on state-mandated testing or district testing as noted in BOE policy and regulation. Once all data is compiled, we examine the student’s scores to determine if the student is eligible based on Rutherford BOE Regulation 2464. This determination is typically done by the end of August or the beginning of September. Parents are notified of their child’s scores and eligibility determination via a letter.
In the fall, we screen teacher-nominated students new to the district and give a second review of any student who earned one point in the spring testing window. We make every effort to be consistent and fair to each child.
Linked is BOE Regulation 2464, which outlines the selection criteria by grade level. Students must earn two points to be accepted into the program. Students can earn the two points based on their cognitive assessment, the Torrance Test of Creativity (scored by Scholastic Testing Services), the Renzulli-Hartman Rubric, state/district assessment and John Hopkins GT testing. Please read the linked Regulation 2464 for more specific information.