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 Gifted and Talented Screening

The Screening and Identification Process

Referrals for the Gifted and Talented Program are due by January 31st for the spring testing window.  Referral forms and more information can acquired by contacting Lori Schoenwiesner at lschoenwiesner@hcps.us


Hanover County Public Schools addresses the following areas of giftedness: 

           General Intellectual Aptitude (K - 12)
           Specific Academic Aptitude - Verbal Linguistic or Mathematical Logical (K-12)
           Visual and Performing Arts Aptitude (5 - 12)


In order for a student to be considered for the Gifted and Talented Program, he or she must first be referred for screening. This referral may be initiated by a parent, teacher, peer, community member, or by the student him/herself. An Initial Referral form MUST be completed and submitted by the testing deadline of January 31st. All referrals that come in after this deadline will be held over until the following scheduled testing period.
  

OUR POLICY:  Screening is conducted each spring for Kindergarten through twelfth grade in the areas of General Intellectual Aptitude and Specific Academic Aptitude. 

Students in grades 5 - 12 may be referred and tested once per year for Visual and Performing Arts Aptitude.  The deadline for referring students for that testing is March 31.


The Screening Process:

Students are screened using multiple criteria.  Standard screening procedures include a review of student records, response lessons, test data, progress reports and teacher observations.  Once the initial referral and permission forms have been received, the G/T teacher administers the following assessments:   an ability test,  a test for creativity, a language-based performance assessment, and a mathematics/logic-based performance assessment.

The classroom teacher collects work samples that have been created independently by the student at school.  Parents may submit up to three samples of their child's academic performance. 

Once the testing is completed and the portfolio components are collected, the G/T
Identification/Placement Committee meets to review the data to determine if the evidence supports identification.  Each school maintains a Identification/Placement Committee.  Parents will be notified in writing of the committee decision.
 

 

 

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