SEARCH FOR INTELLECTUALLY GIFTED CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN DALE COUNTY, ALABAMA
Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
A student may be referred by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.
For each student referred, information is gathered in the following three areas:
1. Aptitude. Assessed though an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity.
2. Characteristics. A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors is completed by a classroom teacher.
3. Performance. At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level such as achievement test scores, grades, products, work samples, and/or portfolios.
The scores from the assessments/items used are entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.
For more information contact: Dr. Katheryne H. Magwood, Director of Special Services, Daleville City Schools (334) 598-2456 Ext. 217, Beverly Lampkin, Dale County Schools, (334) 774-2355, Mrs. Jan Bowen, Ozark City Schools, (334) 774-5197