Multiple sources and tools allow children to reveal their exceptionalities or potential. A variety of assessment tools are used to collect information on a student whose background or talent area makes him/her unique from others.
A body of evidence consists of quantitative and qualitative measures to determine if a student meets the criteria for gifted identification and to build a student profile of strengths and interests. Quantitative assessments provide numerical scores or ratings that can be analyzed or quantified. Qualitative assessments provide interpretive and descriptive information about certain attributes, characteristics, behaviors or performances.
While some of the data in a body of evidence will be used to meet the criteria* for gifted identification, other data or information may be used to build a learner profile for the purpose of developing appropriate programming options.
Criteria are the rules for evaluating a level of exceptionality for identification assessment. The 95th percentile ranking and above describes the rule for demonstration of exceptionality on a norm-referenced standardized test. Distinguished/advanced performance levels may describe exceptionality on qualitative tools, portfolios, performance assessments, and criterion-referenced tests.
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