Gifted Identification Screening

Gifted Identification Screening

Gifted Screening Information

Dear Parents,

Our school district is required to annually identify students who meet the state-established criteria for gifted ability in one or more of the following areas:

1) Superior Cognitive Ability

2) Superior Specific Academic Ability either in Reading or Math.


Whole Grade Screening

The Independence Local Schools completes whole-grade testing of students in 2nd and 4th grade.  For 2021-2022 we are transitioning to the TerraNova InView Assessment for our Superior Cognitive Screening.  The district transitioned in 2020-2021 to the iReady Benchmarking Assessment for gifted identification in Math and Reading.


Parent Referral Screening 

Parents who believe their student may be gifted in one or more of these areas may refer him/her for further screening tests. If your child has been identified for Gifted services in the past, there will be no need to undergo another screening process. All second graders will receive an I.Q. test and an achievement test so you should not refer them for screening. Our gifted program only serves students identified in the areas of superior cognitive ability, reading, and math.  Gifted services are not offered until 3rd grade. If a student is assessed for gifted/superior cognitive prior to 3rd grade via parent request, the district does not provide gifted supports if that child is identified as gifted/superior cognitive.

For further information, feel free to contact Mr. Pennington at [email protected]

Referral packets must be completed and returned to the Gifted Coordinator. Fall Referral Deadline: Last Friday in September and Spring Referral Deadline: Last Friday in January

Click here to view letter and referral packet for identification of gifted students.

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