Gifted Testing in CSD

Information for K-3 Parents

Our Mission

The City Schools of Decatur recognizes the need to provide every student with an education based on individual needs. Under Georgia Board of Education (GBOE) Rule 160-4-2-.38, a gifted student is one who “demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative abilities, exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities.”

The Process

In Georgia, students are evaluated for gifted services in four areas: Mental Ability, Achievement, Creativity, and Motivation.

The process for a child to be identified as gifted includes:

o Talent survey forms.

o Recommendation forms by parents and teachers.

o Student work samples from home and class.

o Parental consent to evaluate.

o Evaluations of motivation, mental ability, creativity, and achievement.

o Determination of eligibility.

o Parental consent to place.

Types of Assessments

Mental Ability

In CSD, all 1st graders and 6th graders are given the CoGat to assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols. This test can be administered either online or on paper, is not time-consuming, and is usually given in the classroom by the classroom teacher.

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The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is used to evaluate for achievement. MAP is a computerized, adaptive assessment that is given 3 times a year to all students in K-3. Students are tested in Reading, language usage, math and science over a several day period for no more than an hour a day. Not only is MAP useful for gifted identification, MAP's RIT scores make it possible to follow a student’s educational growth from year to year.

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The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) is the primary measurement used for creativity assessment in the gifted identification process. The TCCT-Figural Forms A and B uses three picture-based exercises to assess five mental characteristics:· fluency, elaboration, originality, resistance to premature closure, and abstractness of titles.

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in City Schools of Decatur, we primarily use the Renzulli-Hartman Scales as the motivation instrument. There are no tests for students in this area but rather These scales are designed to capture teacher appraisals of a student's traits in the areas of learning, motivation, creativity, and leadership.

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Further information and assistance

More about Georgia's Gifted Guidelines can be found here:

In City Schools of Decatur, we are dedicated to providing each student with the maximum opportunity to succeed in school and gain an appropriate educational foundation.

You can find more information about gifted qualification and services in Decatur on our website:

You can also contact the gifted coordinator in any CSD schools or our Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

Heidi Whatley