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Identification

Kindergarten


Kindergarten students are monitored for gifted characteristics during the course of the year and are identified for the CATS program by the end of May. 
All kindergarten students will be

  • administered the ITBS test

Those students whose data indicators are above the 95th percentile on the ITBS are evaluated by

  • a nonverbal abilities test in late April/May of each year,

  • the SAGES Reading/Social Studies and Math/Science test late April/May of each year.

Those students whose data indicators are above the 95th percentile in the SAGE are also evaluated by



  • the Torrance Test of Creativity,

  • observed and evaluated by their teachers, and parents using district evaluation forms.


Those students whose data show a preponderance of evidence of G/T needs as determined by the Callisburg Elementary G/T committee will be identified and then served by the facilitator beginning the next school year.
Grades 1-5

All nominated students will be evaluated by:

  • a current or recent abilities test score such as the Cognitive Abilities Test,

TONI-3, or SAGES non-verbal reasoning test,

  • a nationally standardized achievement test score or the SAGES Reading/Social Studies and Math/Science tests,

  • the Torrance test of Creativity,

  • observations by their teachers using a district teacher evaluation form,

  • parent observations using a district parent evaluation form.

Those students whose data show a preponderance of evidence of G/T needs as determined by the Callisburg Elementary G/T committee will be identified and served in the four core areas in a pullout program for part of each day.


Grades 6-12


All nominated students will be evaluated by

  • a current or recent abilities test score such as Cognitive Abilities Test, TONI-3, or the SAGES non-verbal reasoning test,

  • a nationally standardized achievement test score or the SAGES Reading/Social Studies, Math/Science tests

  • observations by the students' teachers using a district teacher evaluation form,

  • observations and evaluation by the students' parents using a district parent evaluation form.

Those students whose data show a preponderance of evidence of G/T needs as determined by the Middle School, or High School G/T committees will be identified and served in their identified core areas.

All Grades


Profiles will be completed for each nominated student and blind profiles will be presented to campus G/T committees. The G/T selection committees for each campus will consist of two G/T coordinators, and the Principal. The committee will meet and review all evaluations to determine whether or not to admit the student into the program. A letter will be sent to the parents with notification of the committee's decision. A copy of the “Consent to Serve” form will be sent to those eligible for G/T services and must be returned in order for the student to be scheduled into the program.
Transfer Students
Any student who has been identified for the gifted/talented program in another district shall be accepted into the Callisburg Academically Talented Student program if the student meets the district criteria for identification. Letters will be sent home to parents with a Consent to Serve form and Parent Inventory. If qualification cannot be determined immediately, the student shall be observed and efforts shall be made to determine the student's correct placement in a timely manner.
Furloughs
In times of extended illness, stress, or other circumstances, a student/parent may request a furlough from participating in the CATS program. Furlough decisions will be made by the campus selection committee. A furlough may be granted once at Callisburg Elementary, once at Callisburg Middle School, and once at Callisburg High School. The duration and conditions of the furlough will be determined by the committee. (See attachment, Furlough)


Exit Procedure
A student may be dismissed from the program if it is determined that another setting provides the most appropriate education for that student. Decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • The student fails to master concepts presented in the CATS program.

  • Both student and parent/guardian request withdrawal from the program.

When dismissal is being considered, the program teacher will meet with the student to discuss the situation. The G/T committee will also schedule a conference with the parents. During the parent conference, one of the following may be determined:




  • A joint decision may be made for the student to exit the program. If this option is chosen, a formal withdrawal (See attachments, Withdrawal Form) will be completed and filed.




  • A period of probationary placement may be established with the understanding that the student's progress will be reviewed at the end of the probationary placement. If the Committee decision is for probation, the student, parent, and G/T Facilitator enter into a Growth Contract (See attached), describing the time limits and the situation that must be improved. At the end of the period stated in the Growth Contract, a decision will be made by the committee to either maintain the student in the program or dismiss the student from the program. If the student is to remain in the program, no further action will be necessary. If the student is dismissed from the program, a formal withdrawal will be completed and filed.

A student may not re-enter CATS for at least one year following the date of exit/dismissal. The district placement committee must review and approve all requests for re-entry.




Appeal Procedure
Parents of students may appeal any final decision of the selection committee regarding selection for or removal from the gifted program. A written appeal must be submitted to the Superintendent within ten calendar days of receiving the placement decision of the committee. This appeal will be presented to the Selection Committee for consideration.
If the results of the appeal submitted to the Selection Committee are not acceptable to the parents of the student, the procedure outlined in Board Policy may be pursued.


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