Name
Theoretical.................................................................................
Operational.....................................................................................................
Source(s)
Georgia
Bonnie Cramond
a student who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities

Option A

Mental Ability
Kdg – 2nd: 99th percentile on composite or full scale score of a standardized test of mental ability
3rd – 12th: 96th percentile (or higher) on composite or full scale score of a standardized test of mental ability

Achievement

Kdg – 12th: 90th percentile (or higher), by age or grade, on total reading, total math or total battery score of a standardized achievement test
-OR-
A superior rating (numerical score of 90 or better on scale of 1-100) on a student generated product or performance as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators

Option B

Mental Ability

96th percentile (or higher) by age on a composite or full scale score or appropriate component score of a standardized test of mental ability

Achievement

90th percentile on total reading, total math or total battery score of a standardized achievement test
-OR-
A superior rating (numerical score of 90 or better on scale of 1-100) on a student generated product or performance as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators

Creativity

90th percentile (or higher) on the total battery of a standardized test of creativity
-OR-
90th percentile (or higher) on a standardized creativity characteristics rating scale
-OR-
superior rating (numerical score of at least 90 on a scale of 1-100) on a structured observation/ evaluation of creative products and/or performance as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators

Motivation

90th percentile (or higher) on a standardized characteristics rating scale (motivational)
-OR-
superior rating (numerical score of at least 90 on scale of 1-100) on a structured observation/ evaluation of student generated products and/or performances as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators
-OR-
Grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, using an average of core grades over the previous two school years
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/
legalservices/160-4-2-.38.pdf
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ci_lap_gifted.aspx?PageReq=EligibilityChart
Hawaii
Nick Wansley
“‘Gifted and talented children’ means students residing in the State who are of compulsory school age and are enrolled in, and attending, a public school, and whose superior performance or potential ability or talent may occur singly in or in combination with any of the following areas: intellectual, creative or specific academic abilities, leadership capabilities,
psychomotor abilities, or abilities in the performing or visual arts.”
(Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 302A-101)
IDENTIFICATION PROCESS
The identification process yields important data about each student for making decisions based on strengths, weaknesses, interests, special talents, special needs, personality, and other information that surface during the process and should lay the foundation for finding the best program option fit for students.
NOMINATION
Parent/community/school staff and/or Self/Peer and/or Test scores
Parent permission to screen
SCREENING
Minimum of five criteria gathered by committee with a balance
of objective and subjective measures from several sources
SELECTION
Student data organized on matrix, profile, or case study format.
Identification committee makes recommendations for placement.
Principal approves/revises recommendations
Not accepted / Accepted at this time
Parent permission to participate
Appeals May or may not be accepted
http://www.davidsongift
ed.org/db/state_policy_
hawaii_10012.asp
http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil/g1/Summary%20Guide%20Gifted%20and%20Talented%20Program.pdf
Idaho
Maggie
Cowne
"Gifted and talented children" mean those students who are identified as possessing demonstrated or potential abilities that give evidence of high performing capabilities in intellectual, creative, specific academic or leadership areas, or ability in the performing or visual arts and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop such capabilities (Idaho Code 33-2001).
Students will be screened to identify an initial pool of students who may need further testing using the following measures:
  • Group achievement tests (district determines percentile cutoff, e.g., 90 percent)
  • Group intelligence tests (district determines percentile cutoff, e.g., 90 percent)
  • Group cognitive tests, e.g., Ravens, Ross, etc. (district determines percentile cutoff)
  • Referrals initiated by classroom teachers, administrators, parents, students and community members
  • Observations conducted by school personnel, parents or others, e.g., checklists
  • Past performances in various content areas, e.g., grade point average
  • Outstanding products and/or projects
  • Cumulative records

Using a battery of tests listed above, the students' scores will be entered into a Student Information Profile Matrix (see link for example); each district will determine the percentage that a student must obtain to qualify for the G/T program.
Idaho DOE (theoretical)
Idaho Practices Manual (operational)
Illinois
Jenny Johnson
"The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) that gifted and talented children (i) exhibit high performance capabilities in intellectual, creative, and artistic areas, (ii) possess an exceptional leadership potential, (iii) excel in specific academic fields, and (iv) have the potential to be influential in business, government, health care, the arts, and other critical sectors of our economic and cultural environment;
(2) that gifted and talented children require services and activities that are not ordinarily provided by schools; and
(3) that outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor"
(http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/94/094-0151.htm).
An operational definition of gifted students in Illinois seems only to be mentioned in the following paragraph (top 5% locally in any specific area of aptitude):
"For the purposes of this Article, 'gifted and talented children' means children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other children and youth of their age, experience, and environment. A child shall be considered gifted and talented in any area of aptitude, and, specifically, in language arts and mathematics, by performing in the top 5% locally in that area of aptitude"
(http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/94/094-0151.htm).
http://www.iagcgifted.org/
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/94/094-0151.htm
Iowa
Maggie Cowne
257.44 Gifted and talented children defined.
1. “Gifted and talented children” are those children who are identified as possessing outstanding abilities and who are capable of high performance. Gifted and talented children are children who require appropriate instruction and educational services commensurate with their abilities and needs beyond those provided by the regular school program.
2. Gifted and talented children include those children with demonstrated achievement or potential ability, or both, in any of the following areas or in combination:
a. General intellectual ability.
b. Creative thinking.
c. Leadership ability.
d. Visual and performing arts ability.
e. Specific ability aptitude.
K-3: PET's skills instruction, observations, and assessments
KOI assessments
Dibbles tests
ITBS tests
teacher referrals
parent referrals

4-8th: These students are screened through results of ITBS, CogAt, classroom
grades, EXPLORE tests
parent referrals
counselor and administration referrals

9-12th: These students are screened through results of the ITBS test, CogAt,
ITED, PSAT, Compass, ACT, and EXPLORE tests
parent referrals
counselor and administration referrals

Automatic Qualifiers:
Students that meet the following criteria are automatically added to the Talented and Gifted CORE group.

Scoring 90%ile or above on the CogAT AND 95%ile or above on the ITBS.
OR
Meeting 5 of 7 score totals in the areas of:
CogAT:
90%ile or above
Verbal
Quantitative
Non-Verbal

ITBS
95%ile and above
Reading total
Language total
Math total
Science total
TAG Process (theoretical)
Iowa DOE (operational)