HIGATE General Information






The identification process, conducted in Highland School District, consists of three steps:  

  1. Referral

  1. Assessment/Testing  

  1. Placement


1. Referral
Students may be referred by  




Other Professional Personnel,  

And/or themselves  

Referral forms must be completed by the individual who refers the child; however, parents must give consent that the student be tested and evaluated. Referral forms are filled out by parents, teachers, peers, etc. and submitted to G/T Coordinator

Referrals can be made at any time during the school year, however, any testing and identification will be completed according to the Highland assessment and identification schedule.  

Written parental permission is required before screening/testing begins. No student may be denied access to Gifted and Talented Programs on the basis of race, creed, or handicapping conditions.

2. Assessment/Testing 

Students seeking admission to Highland Schools G/T Program are assessed as described below:  
standardized test scores, intelligence test or school ability test scores, creativity test scores, student portfolio, parent checklist, and teacher checklist.

3. Placement
Placement is based on the following:  
*Mental Ability 

The G/T Placement Committee convenes and uses both quantitative and qualitative data when making selection decisions. The G/T Placement Committee uses the “blind” case study approach for the review and placement of students. Student names are withheld during the screening process. No single piece of information automatically ensures placement (or non-placement) in the program. Teacher ratings or student products, for example, may override low standardized test scores. Conversely, good normative test scores might outweigh negative teacher ratings. The quality of the program must be protected by limiting participation, but a sincere attempt will be made to assure that every child who needs the program is considered. 

4. Notification  

Parents are notified in writing of the G/T Placement Committee’s decision.  

5. Appeals  

Appeals to the decisions of Highland G/T Placement Committee may be made within 7 days of the notification of placement or non-placement in the G/T program. Appeals must be made in writing by presenting additional information to the committee not previously seen by the committee. The Highland G/T Placement Committee decisions are final.

6. GT Identification Window 
Nominations are accepted throughout the school year. Deadline for nominations for fall placement is March 30.



Occasionally, there may be students who are identified for the G/T Program who do not perform at expected standards in the program. Before a student is exited from the program, the student’s teacher(s), and/or school administrator will talk with the student’s parent and explain the procedural safeguards to request a review of the decision to exit the student.  

The following guidelines specify when a student may be exited from the G/T program:  

*Repeated failure to complete work assigned.  

*Substantial difficulty in understanding work that other students do independently (without parental or tutorial assistance).  

*Consistent pattern of low grades (C’s, D’s or F’s) over 6 weeks.  

*Behavioral concerns, distractions, etc.  

If a teacher or parent requests a student be exited, the student may not re-enter the G/T program during that school year. The student may not return to the program the following school year without re-testing. 


New students enrolling in the Highland School District who have been identified into a GT program elsewhere must meet Highland School District placement criteria before placement into the program.  Consideration of these students will take place as soon as their education records are received and reviewed by the identification committee. 


An annual review of a student’s placement in the gifted program will be made during the first two weeks of the new school year.  Student placement decisions are based on multiple criteria.  No single criterion or cut-off score is used to include or exclude a student. Again, students who are in the gifted and talented program should exhibit a combination of strong academics, leadership, motivation, and creativity.  A consent form for continued placement will be sent to the parents/guardians of students who are recommended for continued placement. 

For students whose placement is in question, the identification committee will meet, review the student’s records, and recommend continued placement, probation (one quarter/one semester and pull-out/regular class) or removal from the gifted program.  The GT coordinator, the student, and his/her parents/guardians will have a conference regarding the reasons for the decision. 











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