• General Mental Ability 

    Full-scale or GAI or GIA scores on an individual intelligence test at or above the 95th percentile. The General Ability Index (GAI) is a publisher-recognized tool to interpret test results. The GAI offers a summary score that is less sensitive to a student’s working memory and processing speed, which are often compromised by perfectionistic and detail driven students. Although these highly sought after characteristics are needed in the general population, these tendencies can also negatively impact a Full Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ). Therefore, the elimination of these composite scores (Processing Speed and Working Memory) may yield a more appropriate cognitive profile for these students.

    Academic Ability 

    Achievement test scores used for formal evaluation and placement must be derived from a norm-referenced test with a cut-off score at the 95th percentile or higher. The Waynesville School District is an interdisciplinary program therefore tests must be used that sample a majority of the core subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies and Communication Arts.


    Creativity, Reasoning, and Problem-solving Ability 

    Composite score at or above the 90th percentile on Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) or other assessments indicating outstanding ability in one of the following areas:             
             o Advanced insight
             o Outstanding imagination
             o Innovative or creative reasoning ability
             o Advanced perception of cause and effect relationships
             o Problem solving
             o Abstract concepts
    These areas of ability must be related to the design of the gifted program. 
    Referrals are supported by documented evidence of outstanding student performance, by persons from two or more of the following groups: teachers, other school personnel, external professionals who are experts in the program area, peers, and parents.
    Alternate Criterion
    The Gifted Evaluation Scale is used as an alternate criterion in specific cases where a student misses the cut-off score on the Academic Ability. This criterion is appropriate for LEAP, culturally different, and other special needs children. Results may be used to appraise outstanding ability by scoring one standard deviation above the mean on three of the five subscales involving at least two evaluators. The Committee is comprised of the building counselor, the grade level LEAP teacher, the classroom teacher (elementary level), two core area teachers (secondary level), and, if applicable, the student's special education teacher.
    "I happen to like the label "gifted" because it means to me that the child did nothing to deserve it. It means the child has a gift that was given to him and because he has that gift, he has certain responsibilities. He is not "better than," merely "different from." And with the gift goes the responsibility to use it." ~ Walter Barbe