The Cherry Creek School District defines gifted and talented students as:
- Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, and/or environment.
- These children and youth exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative and/or artistic areas, may possess an unusual capacity for leadership, or excel in specific academic fields. These students require services beyond the rich and varied services normally provided by the regular classroom.
- Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata and in all areas of human endeavor.
Typically, gifted students fall within the top 5-7% of the general student population. The purpose of formally identifying gifted students is to plan for and monitor services to ensure the appropriate academic growth for each child. The Cherry Creek School District has established guidelines for identifying students eligible for gifted programming. These guidelines support the approach of looking at a variety of information on a student, both quantitative and qualitative, in building a "body of evidence." It is the preponderance of evidence that will determine if a student needs targeted or intensive programming beyond the regular classroom.
- Initial referral of students for consideration and screening for identification may come from a teacher, parent, the student him or herself, and/or a peer.
- The GT resource teacher in each building is responsible for facilitating the identification process.
- Formal identification occurs after the careful examination of the “Body of Evidence” for each referred student. Three possible outcomes are:
- There is sufficient data for identification of the student. The student's area of exceptionality is "X". An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be developed and shared with the parents and classroom teacher.
- The evidence does not support the identification of the student.
- Additional information is needed as part of this student's "Body of Evidence," in order to make the best determination of need.
- Communication concerning the outcome of the student referral will be mailed directly to the child's parents or guardian.
- If a child is identified as gifted, an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be developed based on student data, teacher observation and recommendations, student performance, strengths and needs, GT resource teacher input, and requests from parents. The ALP will be addressed during both Fall and Spring parent-teacher conferences.
An appeals process may be initiated by notifying the building GT resource teacher in writing. The appellant will meet with the school principal and GT resource teacher to review data. New information may be introduced to clarify inaccuracies, review decisions, and decide a future course of action. If the appellant is not satisfied with the decision reached at this meeting, a written appeal may be made to the Coordinator of Gifted Education and Advance Learning to review the decision.