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Gifted Education

Quality Unique Experiences in Study and Thought (QUEST) is the name of Bulloch County School's program serving identified gifted students in first through eighth grades. The program provides special instruction for gifted students so they may achieve at levels commensurate with their intellectual abilities.  QUEST provides both group and individual learning experiences to develop cognitive skills, leadership potential, thinking abilities and creative abilities.  Students in grades 1 - 5 are served in a resource room by a teacher certified in gifted education one day per week. Middle school students, grades 6 - 8, are served 1 period each day.

The QUEST curriculum provides opportunities that enhance the following skills: Communication, problem Solving, Creative and Critical Thinking, Research and Study, Guided Independent Study,  and Self Evaluation.

Gifted Services Testing Window

QUEST Fall Test Window - 2015-2016

Bulloch County Schools' Gifted Services will conduct a  fall review of students who are nominated for gifted services.  Bulloch County's Fall Test Window is traditionally reserved for students who transferred into the school system since the formal evaluations were held the previous spring. 

We will receive nominations from teachers, parents of transfer students, students, or peers for any students who meet the specifications for this window of consideration.  Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday August 10, 2015.  The window for submitting nominations closes on Monday August 17, 2015.  All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school by that date.  

It is Bulloch County Schools' policy that a student is not tested more than once in a calendar year.  Students who were tested in the spring are traditionally not eligible to participate in the full fall review. Any nominations received after the test window closes in August will be held until the spring 2015 review.

Once the nominations are closed, the eligibility team at each school will review the data submitted to determine if a student requires a formal evaluation for gifted services. A Nomination does not guarantee formal evaluation.  Gifted Services are based on need, and the review team must establish that there is evidence of a need for services before evaluation can take place.

At that time, the parents of the identified students will receive a Permission to Test form to sign and return to their child's school.  Testing will follow the receipt of this form.  Testing will begin after teams have taken time for the data review and the receipt of permission to test. 

If selected to participate in the formal evaluation process, a student will take standardized tests in Mental Ability, Achievement, and Creativity.  Grades or a Rating Scale will be used to assess a student's motivation.  The chart below provides the test measures used in each area, and denotes the required scores for eligibility using Option B – multiple measures criteria.  Option A requires eligibility in only two measures Mental Ability and Achievement, but in grades K-2, the Mental Ability Score must be in the 99th percentile, while in 3rd and up the 96th percentile is accepted.

Notification of evaluation results will be sent in mid October. Contact the Gifted Services office at 912-212-8571 if you have additional questions.

Gifted Program Assessment and Eligibility Criteria - Chart One

MENTAL ABILITY

CogAT Test of Mental Ability:  Full scale or appropriate component score ³ the 96th percentile (by age)

ACHIEVEMENT

NWEA MAP Test Academic Achievement:  Score ³  the 90th percentile (by age) on Total Reading, or Total Math, or Total Battery

CREATIVITY

Torrance Test of Creativity: Score ³  the 90th percentile (by age) on the Total Battery percentile

MOTIVATION

GPA ³ 3.5 (as defined in Rules and Regulations) on a 4.0 scale for grades 7 -12, OR

Gifted Rating Scale: Score ³  the 90th percentile (For grades 1-6).

 

Gifted Eligibility is determined using one of two options:

Option A -  a student must be eligible in these two areas:

Mental Ability Achievement
  • Grades K-2 - 99th
  • Grades 3-12 - 96th percentile or higher on a composite of a standardized mental ability test
  • 90th percentile or higher on Total Reading or Total Math on MAP Test

Option B -  a student must be eligible in three of the four areas listed above in chart one.

Information shall be gathered in each of the four data categories.  At least one of the criteria must be met by a score on a nationally-normed standardized test.  Any data used to assess one category, may not be used to assess another category.  Assessment data must be current within two years.

Bulloch County Schools does not use private test data to determine eligibility.  It may be used as a referral for further evaluation.  Gifted students who enroll from an out-of-state program must meet Georgia requirements in order to be placed in Bulloch County's QUEST program.  All scores must be current within two years and additional assessment may be necessary.

Contact

Casey McNeely, Lead Gifted Teacher

cmcneely@bullochschools.org

912.212.8571

Gifted Services - QUEST

 

Leslie Schlierf,  Executive Director
lschlierf@bullochschools.org
Student Support Services Department
912.212.8580

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