A. Informing the Public: The following notice regarding the implementation of the Gifted Program will be included in the Code of Conduct and its website:
a. Intellectually gifted children and youth are those who perform or who have the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of students’ abilities may refer them. Additionally, all second-grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.
For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.
In order to make the referral, please contact the counselor at your child’s school.
B. Gifted Referrals Screening Team (GRST):
a. Clay County Schools GRST will consist of three people: the Gifted Specialist, general education teacher, and a counselor, and administrator.
b. The duties of the team are to do the following:
i. Receive all referrals.
ii. Collect all required information.
iii. Schedule meetings in a timely manner to review referrals.
iv. Notify parents when a child has been referred, obtain parental consent, and inform them of their rights using the appropriate form.
v. Base decisions on multiple criteria: Do not exclude any student on the basis of a single test score.
vi. Exhibit sensitivity to cultural, economic, and/or linguistic differences.
vii. Make arrangements for any further assessments.
viii. Deliver the completed assessment information to the Eligibility Determination Team (EDT).
C. Screening Criteria
a. Clay County Schools accepts all parent referrals in grades 4, 5, and 6; however, prior to Second-grade Child Find, Clay County uses State Screening/Eligibility Determination Form to screen students to determine if further assessment is necessary. (14 points are required to pass the screening.)
b. Clay County Schools will also closely monitor those students whose scores and other criterion narrowly missed Gifted qualification in second-grade child find.