Advanced Studies and Talent Development
Talent Development Identification

​​​​​​​​​​​​Multiple criteria are used in order to identify students as gifted in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Students have the opportunity to identify as​ Academically Gifted in both Reading and Math, Academically Gifted Math Only, Academically Gifted Reading Only,  or Intellectually Gifted. Students may accumulate points on our 2016-2019 CMS TD Identification Rubric.pdf through aptitude and achievement assessments, as well as informal assessments (for CMS second graders only). 


Gifted Identification in CMS

Kindergarten and First Grade: Students in kindergarten and first grade may be identified if qualifying test scores are available.  CMS will test K-1 students who are referred by the Talent Development (TD) Site-Based Committee for eligibility to the Horizons program.

Second Grade: All second grade students who are educated primarily in a CMS general education classroom are screened with the CogAT, a nationally-normed aptitude test and the Gifted Rating Scales (GRS).  Parents will receive a notification letter as to when the screening will occur.

Students who score at the 87th percentile or higher on the nationally-normed aptitude test in verbal, quantitative, quantitative/nonverbal (QN), and/or overall age-composite scores are eligible for further screening using a nationally-normed achievement test. This would occur if fewer than twelve points are acquired on the Talent Development Identification Rubric with the initial aptitude test and GRS results. 

Students are eligible for a portfolio assessment if they have achieved 3 t-scores of 65 or higher in three areas on the GRS  OR have achieved between 92-95 age-percentile composite score on the CMS administered aptitude test and have not accumulated the required 12 points on the Talent Development Identification Rubric for Academically Gifted certification in BOTH Reading and Math.

Identification as Academically Gifted (AG) in BOTH Reading and Math will be determined using the Talent Development Identification Rubric where an overall score of at least 12 must be accumulated.  Second grade students can accumulate rubric points on a CMS administered nationally-normed aptitude test, a CMS administered nationally-normed achievement test, the Gifted Rating Scales, or a CMS portfolio assessment.  The portfolio and Gifted Rating Scales assessments are available only for CMS second grade students.  

Students who attain a score of 92nd-95th percentile on the CogAT, but do not earn enough points on the Talent Development Identification Rubric to identify as Academically Gifted Reading and Math (AG), Academically Gifted Reading Only (AR), or Academically Gifted Math Only (AM) with achievement testing results, or as a result of the portfolio assessment, will identify as Intellectually Gifted (IG)

Third-Twelfth Grades: A classroom teacher, parent, program coordinator, family advocate, and/or counselor may refer a student who exhibits extraordinary strengths in classroom performance to the TD Site-Based Committee.  A student may also refer him or herself.  The TD Site-Based Committee is comprised of the TD Catalyst Teacher or Academic Facilitator, classroom teacher(s), and an administrator.  At the high school level, the Committee would consist of an administrator and classroom teachers who are currently serving advanced students.  The school’s Student Service Specialist or counselor may also serve on this committee.  The TD Site-Based Committee is required to meet twice a year, but may meet as often as needed.  Meeting dates should be logged.  All referrals are submitted to the TD Site-Based Committee to approve or deny, based on documented student strengths. 

In order to be identified as Academically Gifted (AG) in both reading and math, 12 points on the Talent Development Identification Rubric must be accumulated using age-composite scores from a nationally-normed aptitude test, a nationally-normed achievement test, or an NC End-of-Year assessment (i.e EOGs, EOCs).   

Students may be identified as Academically Gifted in Reading Only (AR) or Math Only (AM) if they accumulate 6 points on the TD Identification Rubric through a combination of verbal aptitude and reading achievement scores (AR) or a combination of quantitative/nonverbal aptitude and math achievement scores (AM).

Students who attain a score of 92nd-95th percentile on the CogAT or other approved aptitude assessment  and do not earn enough points on the Talent Development Identification Rubric to identify as Academically Gifted Reading and Math (AG) or Academically Gifted Reading Only (AR) or Academically Gifted Math Only (AM) with achievement testing results will identify as Intellectually Gifted (IG).



Testing Outside of CMS

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools accepts and reviews outside testing results for Talent Development Evaluation. Our Procedures for Outside Testing can be accessed here. For a list of approved tests for Talent Development Evaluation, please click here.


Alternate Assessments

Students who, according to their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan, cannot take this type of standardized testing with or without accommodations or modifications or whose necessary accommodations or modifications are not available with, or appropriate for this testing, will be eligible for the gifted program through alternative assessments.


2017-2018 Talent Development Assessment Calendar

Our district assesses students during certain approved testing windows. The 2017-2018 Talent Development Assessment Calendar can be accessed here.


​Procedure to Resolve Disagreements

Our ​​​Procedure to Resolve Disagreements can be accessed here​. ​


Questions? Please contact Lisa Pagano at lisa.pagano@cms.k12.nc.us or (980) 343-2700.​