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FAQs

Questions
1) What if I think my child might be eligible for gifted services?
2) What will the educational evaluation include?
3) How will I know if my child is gifted?
4) What happens if my child is identified as a gifted student?
5) What can I do if I feel that my child’s needs are not being met with the current GIEP?

Answers
1) What if I think my child might be eligible for gifted services?

If you believe your child may be gifted, contact your child’s school counselor and express your concerns regarding your child’s abilities.

Your child will then be scheduled for an initial screening, which is typically administered by the school's school counselor assigned to your child’s school building. The results of this initial screening will be shared with you.

Based on the results of the initial screening and your input, your child may be recommended for an educational evaluation, which is conducted by a certified school psychologist.

2) What will the educational evaluation include?

In order for a student to be considered “mentally gifted,” multiple criteria need to be considered.

Multiple criteria could include cognitive and achievement test results, acquisition/retention rates of new academic content, review of student work, early evidence of giftedness.

3) How will I know if my child is gifted?

After the evaluation is completed, the parent(s) will be provided with a copy of the Gifted Written Report (GWR). The GWR will outline the results of the evaluation and include a summary of why or why not the student met the eligibility criteria as a mentally gifted student.

4) What happens if my child is identified as a gifted student?

A meeting will be held within 30 days to discuss the results of the evaluation. Typically, a draft of a Gifted Individualized Educational Program (GIEP) will be discussed with the parent(s) at the same meeting. The parent(s) can review and recommend revisions to the document.

Once the team members agree on the content of the GIEP, the parent(s) will be provided with a Notice of Educational Assignment (NORA) form to indicate whether or not they agree with the services outlined in their child’s GIEP. Gifted services will begin after a NORA has been signed.

5) What can I do if I feel that my child’s needs are not being met with the current GIEP?

Most parent concerns are addressed at the building level. Typically, it is best for parents to share their concerns with the gifted support teacher who is responsible for their child’s GIEP. If you feel that your concerns are not being adequately addressed, please contact the building principal to try to resolve the issue.
 
For additional FAQs, please review the district's gifted handbook.