Advanced Studies
Gifted Identification

Multiple criteria are used in order to identify students as gifted in CMS. Students have the opportunity to identify as​ Academically Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Intellectually Gifted (IG), Academically Gifted (AG), Academically Gifted-Math (AM), or Academically Gifted-Reading (AR).  Identification is guided by the CMS Gifted Identification Rubric (available for download below). 

 
The chart provides descriptors for the various gifted identification areas in CMS.

Identification AreaDescriptionPathways to Identification 

Academically
Intellectually
Gifted
(AI)

Student demonstrates high intellectual capacity and high academic performance. 

     Student accumulates a minimum of 12 points through… 

     Aptitude testing 

     Aptitude and achievement testing

     Aptitude testing and GRS percentiles


Intellectually 
Gifted
(IG)
Student demonstrates high intellectual capacity but has not yet demonstrated high academic performance. 

●     Student scores in the 89th-95th percentile on aptitude assessment and does not identify as gifted in any capacity after achievement testing.



Academically 
Gifted 
(AG)



Student exhibits high performance capability in reading and math and possesses a strong capacity for learning.
●     Student accumulates a minimum of 12 points through…

○     Aptitude, achievement, and GRS percentiles

○     Achievement testing and GRS percentiles

●     Student earns minimum number of points on the CMS Portfolio Scoring Matrix.
Academically Gifted - Reading
(AR)
Student demonstrates strength in the area of reading with substantially high levels of accomplishment.
●     Student accumulates 6 or more points on the CMS Gifted Identification Rubric as a result of verbal aptitude percentile combined with reading achievement percentile scores.

Academically Gifted - Math 
(AM)
Student demonstrates strength in the area of mathematics with substantially high levels of accomplishment. 
●     Student accumulates 6 or more points on the CMS Gifted Identification Rubric as a result of quantitative or quantitative/nonverbal aptitude percentile combined with math achievement percentile scores.
 

Second Grade Screening Process

CMS conducts a universal screening for all second grade students primarily educated within a general education setting. The screening utilizes multiple criteria to create a comprehensive student profile. Each second grade student is provided with, at minimum, one formal opportunity via the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), a nationally normed abilities test, and one informal opportunity via the Gifted Rating Scales (GRS), an observational checklist. Other formal and informal assessment opportunities are available if students meet certain criteria, including the Iowa Assessments, a nationally-normed achievement assessment in reading and math, and a portfolio consisting of student work samples.
 

Kindergarten and First Grade

If a kindergarten or first grade student is identified as gifted in any capacity in another school or district, gifted identification will remain the same in CMS. No further testing is required. An Individualized Differentiated Education Plan (IDEP) will be developed for gifted kindergartners and first graders and TD Teachers will work collaboratively with classroom teachers and parents to determine how to best meet social, emotional, and academic needs.

Parents, guardians, students, counselors, teachers, and other stakeholders may refer students to be screened for Horizons or grade acceleration. For students in grades K-1, if the TD Site-Based Committee has enough qualitative and quantitative data to determine the child is consistently performing one to two grade levels above his/her current grade level the following two screenings can occur-- grade acceleration or Horizons.
 

Third-Twelfth Grades

Parents, guardians, students, counselors, teachers, and other stakeholders may refer students for testing for gifted identification in grades 3-12. Each school is required to have a TD Site-Based Committee, which is comprised of an administrator, TD Teacher or
Academic Facilitator (AF), classroom teacher, and other relevant staff members. All decisions for testing for gifted identification outside of the district-wide second grade screening process are made by TD Site-Based Committees. Students may be considered for rescreening by the district after a period of at least 24 months has passed. The CMS Gifted Identification Rubric is used to determine gifted eligibility.
 

Reciprocity for Gifted Identification Outside of CMS

Gifted Identification from another North Carolina (NC) Local Education Agency (LEA)

If testing results led to student being identified as gifted in any capacity (AI, AG, IG, AR, AM), gifted identification will remain the same in CMS with no further testing required. If identification label does not transfer through PowerSchool, a parent or guardian signature will be required on a Talent Development Referral and Results Form to ensure proper coding.

Gifted Identification provided by a school district or LEA outside of NC

If a student was identified as gifted in any capacity (AI, AG, IG, AR, AM) in a school district or LEA outside of North Carolina, gifted identification will remain the same in CMS with no further testing required. Documentation must be provided and may consist of an official score report, educational record, and/or official letter from school or district to show student was identified as gifted. The TD Teacher or Academic Facilitator will complete the top portion of a Talent Development Referral and Results Form and obtain a parent or guardian signature to ensure informed consent and proper coding in PowerSchool.

CMS no longer accepts private testing results conducted by outside licensed psychologists for gifted identification. 
 

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 screened for gifted identification through alternative assessments.
 
 

2019-2020 Gifted Assessment Calendar

Our district assesses students during certain approved testing windows. The 2019-2020 CMS Gifted Assessment Calendar will be available for download below upon final approval. 

Resources & Documents

Procedure to Resolve Disagreements.pdf

Questions?

Contact Kenneth Hiroshige.
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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