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Gifted Education Services

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 2018 Testing Window (January - March)
 

Through January 19, 2018, Bulloch County Schools is accepting nominations for students to receive gifted services in its QUEST program. Teachers, parents, guardians or peers may nominate any student who meets the specifications for this window of consideration. 

 

All nominations must be submitted to the Gifted Services (QUEST) facilitator at each elementary or middle school by January 19.  For your convenience, an online nomination form is available for each elementary and middle school on this Gifted Education Services webpage.  Please note that a nomination does not guarantee a formal evaluation of a child's eligibility.
 
Bulloch County Schools does not typically test a child for gifted services more than once in a school year.  Students who were tested in the fall are traditionally not eligible to participate in the full spring review. Any nominations received after the Spring 2018 test window closes will be held until the following spring. 
 
Once the nominations are closed, an eligibility team at each school will review the data submitted to determine if a student requires a formal evaluation for gifted services. Gifted Services are based on need: therefore, the review team must establish that there is evidence of a need for services before evaluation can take place. At that time, the parents/guardians 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. 
 
Kindergarten Students: As of the 2017-2018 school year, we will accept nominations for kindergarten students during the spring testing window. If a kindergarten student is referred for further testing, he or she will be tested at the beginning of the next school year as a first- grade student.

 

Gifted Program Assessment and Eligibility Criteria 

 

 

Testing Criteria

 

Types of Assessments administered

Option A

OR

Option B

Psychometric Approach

(Grades K-2)

 

Meets both Mental Ability AND Achievement Criteria (by age)

Psychometric Approach

(Grades 3-12)

 

Meets both Mental Ability AND Achievement Criteria (by age)

 

Multiple Criteria Approach (Grades K-12)

 

Meets three out of 4 Criteria (by age)

Mental Ability

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

  • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT-2)

Full scale or appropriate component score ≥ the 99th percentile

Full scale or appropriate component score ≥ the 96th percentile

Full scale or appropriate component score ≥ the 96th percentile

Achieve-    

ment

  • i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment for Math

  • i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment for Reading

Score ≥ the 90th percentile (by age) on Total Reading, or Total Math, or Total Battery

Score ≥ the 90th percentile (by age) on Total Reading, or Total Math, or Total Battery

Score ≥ the 90th percentile (by age) on Total Reading, or Total Math, or Total Battery

Creativity

  • Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT)

 

Score ≥ the 90th percentile (by age) on the Total Battery percentile

Motivation

  • Gifted Rating Scales (Grades K-5)

  • Two Year Academic Grade Point Average (Grades 6-12)

Grades K-5: Score ≥  the 90th percentile on GRS.

Grades 6-12: Two year academic grade point average ≥ 90 on a 100 point scale.

 

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.