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Referral and Identification

Identification Process for Gifted Education Services (K-12)


Step 1:  Annual Screening using Multiple Criteria

  • The Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI) is used by classroom teachers in grades K-8 to observe student questions, responses, examples of unusual thinking or exceptional creativity and consistently strong academic performance.

  • Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) data may be collected for students whose rating on the KOI indicates further screening.

  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is used to screen second grade students.

  • Additional screening data and information from division assessments will be collected to determine if a referral for gifted identification is supported.

  • Planned experiences (grades K-8) may be administered as part of an authentic portfolio collection.


Step 2:  Referral

  • After review of screening, parents or legal guardians, teachers, or student may request referral. Once a referral is initiated, parents are asked to complete the Permission to Evaluate and Parent Inventory Form.  

  • The formal assessment and Identification/Placement Committee meeting will be completed within 90 instructional days after receipt of this signed document.  


Step 3:  Formal Assessment

  • Information and data is collected and recorded on the MCPS Gifted Identification Assessment Student Profile and Committee Form (K-12).

  • Teachers complete Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students.  

  • Standardized ability and/or achievement tests are administered.


Step 4:  Identification/Placement Committee Meeting

  • The Gifted Identification Committee meets to determine eligibility for gifted identification and placement. Data is reviewed, using rubrics and scales to quantify the evidence. A holistic case study approach is used to determine if there is enough evidence to support gifted identification in the specific academic areas of English and/or mathematics.

  • Parents, principals, and teachers are informed of the identification/placement decision. Notification of gifted status will be made in December for students evaluated during the first semester. Parents of students who are evaluated during the second semester of school will be notified in April.

  • Parents, principals, and teachers have the right to appeal the committee decision. A written appeal may be submitted to the Administrator of Gifted Programs within ten school days after receipt of the notification letter. Revised 8/2017