Gifted Program Identification Process

Fort Zumwalt Student Identification Process

Referral:  Students may be referred to the gifted program by a teacher, counselor, or parent. Students transferring in from another district do not automatically qualify for participation. All data used to determine eligibility must be equal to data gathered by the Fort Zumwalt School District, as directed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and students must meet all FZSD criteria for placement in the program. There are two possible referral processes outlined below.

Summary of Gifted Referral Process

There are two paths by which a student may be screened for the gifted program.

Please note that both options REQUIRE an approved intelligence test score for the process to be complete.


OPTION #1:

Teacher, counselor, or parent may refer students for testing (K-8)

1. Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) is administered:

-Must score in the 85th percentile

2. Academic Portfolio is compiled only if CogAT 7 score is in the 85th percentile.

-Must receive at least 40 points on Teacher Nomination Form

-Must include ELA and Math assessments and/or sample work

--If gifted performance is not adequate in the Academic Portfolio, the KTEA Brief may be administered

---Must score at or above the 95th percentile in Math and ELA on the KTEA

3. Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI-II) is administered:

-Must have a Full Scale score of 126 or higher

OPTION #2:

Students can be referred based upon MAP scores (grades 3-8)

1. MAP scores must be in the 95th percentile for ELA and Math

2. Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) is administered:

-Must score in the 85th percentile

3. Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI-II) is administered:

-Must have a Full Scale score of 126 or higher NOTE:  There must be 2 years between IQ tests. The student would still need to re-qualify through the same screening process. Students MAY NOT be tested more than twice in their Fort Zumwalt career.


Transfers from other Gifted Programs Gifted students transferring into the Fort Zumwalt School District may submit results from all criteria which qualified them for their former gifted program. This information must be received by our office at least two weeks prior to the start of a new trimester (JET) or quarter (GATE).
Intelligence tests that were administered by their former district need to be the same or equivalent (WASI-II, Stanford Binet or WISC-V) as those used by Fort Zumwalt’s program, with a qualifying score of 126 or higher. Students with results lower than 126 need to be retested in order to qualify for the program.
All transfer students must meet two other criteria as identified by DESE (see criterion above).
Qualifying students will begin to receive services at a time to be determined by the gifted teacher, parent and counselor.


Private/Parochial/Homeschooled Students

Students who reside in the Fort Zumwalt School District boundaries, but attend a private or parochial school, or who are homeschooled, may be referred by a parent or teacher to determine if a student is eligible for gifted education services. Requests need to be made by contacting the school’s counseling office. Referred students go through Fort Zumwalt’s screening process and those meeting the specified criteria will be recommended for further testing. Referrals are accepted all year and are screened in the order received.  Qualifying students will begin to receive services at a time to be determined by the gifted teacher, counselor and parent.

Outside Testing for the Gifted Program

If a student does not qualify for the gifted program through the process outlined previously, a parent may seek outside testing at their own expense. Private testing results will only be accepted if the following criteria have been met: The test is administered by a professional who possesses the appropriate license and/or credentials to administer an assessment (i.e. psychologists, school psychologists, psychometrists or psychiatrists). The Stanford-Binet 5th edition (SB-V) is the only test that will be accepted.  The Full Scale IQ score must be 126 or higher. All other tests must be approved by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. The only exception is that if it has been two years since the administration of the WASI-II or the WISC-V, then those IQ tests are acceptable. Private testing results cannot be considered for kindergarten admission. If the student has been administered the Stanford-Binet 5th edition, at least one year must elapse between administrations. Results from the test must be sent by the testing professional to the identification office and cannot be accepted from a parent/guardian.  A copy of the cover of the test protocol should be included, along with a brief summary of the test results.  A diagnostic interpretation is not needed. Students with a qualifying score obtained from outside testing must still meet the district’s additional criteria required for the full referral process to be complete. The Fort Zumwalt Gifted Program testing guidelines are designed to maintain fair and equitable procedures for identifying students for the program.  There will be no deviation from these guidelines without the written permission of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.