Gifted testing and qualification

When will a student be tested for Gifted Services?

Students are referred for gifted testing if they appear, through data and/or teacher recommendation, to be significantly advanced in reading, math, thinking skills, observational skills, or creativity. ICSAtlanta's Gifted Review Team (an administrator, a classroom teacher, and the gifted coordinator) will meet to discuss each referred student to determine who will qualify for further testing.

Students can be referred for testing in 3 ways:

  • Administrative recommendation, if a student

    • scores at or above the 96th percentile on the CogAT**

    • is more than a grade level above average in reading and/or math (as determined by STAR360 Benchmarks)

  • Teacher recommendation

    • Student motivation form

    • exceptional classwork and thinking skills

  • Parent Referral Form

    • Parents may refer their own children (using the above link).

    • The Parent Referral Form opens in mid-July for students in 3rd grade ONLY (and 4th grade for the 2021-2022 school year).

**ALL 3rd grade students will be given the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) each school year (note: during the 2021-2022 school year, ALL 3rd and 4th grade students will be given the CoGat due to COVID-19 restrictions in the 20-21 school year.

how does a student qualify as gifted?

Students can qualify as gifted under Option A or Option B based on the qualification guide at the Georgia Department of Education.

Mental Ability: CogAT test (given to all 3rd graders and 4th graders for the 2021-2022 school year)

Achievement: Standford Achievement Test

Creativity: Torrence Test of Creative Thinking

Motivation: Motivation Rating Scale completed by classroom teacher(s)