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Identification Process

"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.  Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.  Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:

  • General or specific intellectual ability.
  • Specific academic aptitude.
  • Creative or productive thinking.
  • Leadership abilities.
  • Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities.

In Lewis-Palmer School District #38, the advanced learning assessment and identification process involves gathering a body of evidence through a variety of procedures and sources designed to reveal exceptionalities or potential. The purpose of a body of evidence is:

  • to ensure that the student's abilities are well recognized.
  • to look beyond just one area for information.
  • to include a more diverse population.
  • to match appropriate services to needs.

The body of evidence collected for identification in Lewis-Palmer School District #38 comes from the following four categories:

  • Intellectual abilities - 95th percentile or above on norm-referenced cognitive tests or subtests
  • Academic achievement - 95th percentile or above on norm-referenced standardized tests
  • Behavior characteristics - observation of behaviors with outstanding or exceptional factors
  • Demonstrated performance - distinguished level of performance

A body of evidence will be collected for every child considered for identification.