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 one 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 Windows
QUEST Spring Testing Window - 2016
Bulloch County Schools' Gifted Services will conduct a spring review of students who are nominated for gifted services. 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 Wednesday January 6, 2016. The window for submitting nominations closes on Friday, January 15, 2016. All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school by that date. For your convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school. See the links on the right side of this webpage.
It is Bulloch County Schools' policy that a student is not tested more than once in a calendar year. Students tested in the spring are traditionally not eligible to participate in the full fall review. Any nominations received after the test window closes in January will be held until the fall 2016 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 kindergarten through second grade, the Mental Ability Score must be in the 99th percentile, while in third grade and up the 96th percentile is accepted.
Notification of evaluation results will be sent in by the end of the school year.
Gifted Program Assessment and Eligibility Criteria
CogAT Test of Mental Ability: Full scale or appropriate component score ³ the 96th percentile (by age)
NWEA MAP Test Academic Achievement: Score ³ the 90th percentile (by age) on Total Reading, or Total Math, or Total Battery
Torrance Test of Creativity: Score ³ the 90th percentile (by age) on the Total Battery percentile
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).
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.