QUEST is the name of the program serving identified gifted students in grades 1 through 8 in Bulloch County. QUEST is an acronym for Quality and Unique Experiences in Study and Thought. 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.
Fall 2014 Gifted Services Testing Window
QUEST Fall Test Window - 2014
Bulloch County Schools' Gifted Services will be conducting a fall review of students who are nominated for gifted services. The 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 the following: teachers, parents of transfer students, students, or peers of any students who meet the specifications for this window of consideration. Nominations will be accepted beginning Monday August 11th, 2014. The window for submitting nominations closes on Monday August 18th, 2014. All nominations must be submitted to the QUEST facilitator at each elementary or middle school by that date. Any nominations received after the test window closes in August will be held until the spring 2015 review.
It is Bulloch County Policy that a student is not tested more than once in a calendar year. Thus, students tested in the spring are traditionally not eligible to participate in the full fall 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.
For more information call the Coordinator of Gifted Services at 912-212-8564 or 912-212-8571.
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),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
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.