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Elementary Gifted Program

The Elementary Gifted Program

Mrs. Amy Owen, Gifted Resource Teacher

The Screening and Identification Process

Hanover County Public Schools addresses the following areas of giftedness: 
        General Intellectual Aptitude (K - 12)
        Specific Academic Aptitude - Verbal Linguistic or Mathematical Logical (4-12)
        Visual and Performing Arts Aptitude (5 - 12)

In order for a student to be considered for the Gifted 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 /Permission for Evaluation Form MUST be completed and submitted by the testing deadline of January 31 for the Spring testing window.  All referral that come in after this deadline will be held over until the following scheduled testing period. Only once these forms have been received will the screening process begin.  Please contact Mrs. Owen to obtain a copy of this form. 

OUR POLICY:  Screening is conducted during the spring semester for grades kindergarten through twelve in the areas of General Intellectual Aptitude and Specific Academic Aptitude

Students are tested once a 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 gifted teacher administers the following assessments:   an ability test, a test for divergent thinking (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 also submit no more than three samples of their child's academic performance. 

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


Gifted Education FAQs

What is the HCPS Gifted Identification/Placement Process?

Gifted identification is a multistage process designed to determine if a student attending a HCPS program is eligible for service options through the HCPS gifted education program. This process is implemented in grades K-12 and is designed to identify students from various backgrounds. The multiple stages are screening, referral, and gathering of multiple criteria for the gifted identification/placement process that concludes with the determination of eligibility by the school level Gifted Identification/Placement Team. Screening is conducted continuously for K-12 in the areas of General Intellectual Aptitude and Specific Academic Aptitude. 

In order for a student to be considered for the Gifted Program, he or she must first be referred for evaluation. A referral can be initiated by: 
• a parent 
• a teacher 
• a peer 
• a community member 
• the student

An Initial Referral/Permission for Evaluation form MUST be completed and submitted by the testing deadline (
1/31), which is obtained through the Gifted Resource Teacher. Testing CANNOT begin until the Gifted Resource teacher has a signed permission form. All referrals that come in after the deadline
will be held until the next scheduled testing period.

What is included in the optional Parent Portfolio?
Parents are invited to submit an optional parent portfolio from home in support of a Gifted 
Referral. Some suggestions include: 
• a parent narrative, which provides information about your student at home 
• up to 3 student work samples, no larger than 8.5 x 11, of independently created items 
such as a story written at home 
• photographs and an explanation of
larger projects, 3D objects, or posters 
The optional parent portfolio will be reviewed by the Identification Committee. 
Should you choose to submit the optional parent portfolio, please adhere to the following deadline
February 15


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