|Susan Lewis||Supervisor of Gifted Services||(615) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Services for Intellectually Gifted Students: Spectrum
Definition: Intellectually Gifted students are those whose Intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding that special provisions are required to meet their needs.
Who is served by Spectrum?
Rutherford County students who meet Tennessee criteria as intellectually gifted are served by Spectrum according to Individual Educational Programs (IEPs).
How are students identified as intellectually gifted?
Teachers, parents, guidance counselors, or others may refer individual students for screening. Rutherford County screens all second graders for intellectual giftedness.
What are some indications of intellectual giftedness that may result in a student being referred for evaluation?
What happens after a student is referred for screening?
Parents will be informed of their rights, and they will be asked to give written permission for their child to be screened or evaluated
The referral process begins with “screening,” which means collecting information from parents, teachers, and the student’s school record. A team of educational professionals will consider screening information, and parents will be notified if a comprehensive evaluation is recommended.
The referral process may end with screening, or it may continue through a comprehensive evaluation, depending upon individual student needs. After the process is completed, the team will determine whether the student meets criteria and if the student is eligible for Special Education Services through Spectrum or if the student’s needs can be met in the regular classroom.
What constitutes eligibility for Spectrum services as an intellectually gifted?
Multiple criteria in the areas of academic performance, gifted characteristics, and cognition are used to determine eligibility.
How frequent is the incidence of intellectually giftedness?
Research shows that 3%-5% of children possess exceptional learning traits. Intellectual giftedness crosses all economic and cultural boundaries.
Additional Resources:Tennessee State Department of Education