LCPS Gifted Eligibility Statement:
When schools closed in March due to COVID-19, gifted resource teachers across the division had finished approximately half of the gifted evaluation process -- collecting student work samples, teacher observations, and ability testing information. Based upon guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) as well as extensive conversations with supervisors of gifted education from across the state, the LCPS Gifted Department made the decision to put the process on hold until students returned to school. The Gifted Department will resume the eligibility process during the month of September for students who were referred for an evaluation last spring. The plan is to complete the process by early October and notify parents/guardians of eligibility decisions by mid-October. Some students may be asked to meet with their gifted resource teacher in person at school to complete any missing work samples or testing. New students found eligible for gifted services will begin classes starting the week of October 19.
The Gifted Department does realize that some students who are being evaluated for gifted services may need enrichment opportunities at the beginning of the school year to meet their educational needs. Students will have access to choice boards through the gifted resource teacher at their school. Choice boards provide a variety of engaging enrichment activities for students to stretch their thinking and challenge their creativity. Parents may also access parent resources and enrichment resources on the NAGC website to find challenging activities.
Loudoun County Public Schools
Department of Instructional Programs
21000 Education Court Ashburn, Virginia 20148
TEL 571-252-1440 FAX 571-252-1635
Dear Parents/Guardians of Third Grade Students,
During October, third graders will be given the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) as part of the screening process for gifted education services. The test will be administered by the SEARCH teachers during the regularly scheduled SEARCH time. Scores will be sent home with the first quarter report card.
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) is a group ability test that does not require English language skills and knowledge that is taught in school. This test allows students to demonstrate their ability to think and reason by figuring out problems that are presented through a complex series of geometric shapes and designs. The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) allows students to demonstrate advanced levels of reasoning without word knowledge, mathematics, or reading skills. This test is completely nonverbal, the instructions are brief, and the questions may be solved using only the information that is presented in each diagram.
If you have any questions about this assessment, please contact the SEARCH teacher at your child’s school or visit the SEARCH webpage on your child’s school website.
The SEARCH teacher’s email address is: Kris.Shipp@lcps. org
Wendy S. King, Supervisor Gifted Education