• Eligibility Updates and Timelines for Gifted Education

    (last updated January 3, 2024)

    January 2024 update:

    The following information will be sent to ALL gr 3,4 and 5 LCPS parents in January 9, 2024 email to parents from the LCPS Gifted Education office.

    Parents of grade 4 & 5 students only: FINAL Parent Referral Window for the 23-24 school year is Jan. 2, 2024 through Jan. 26, 2024. January 26 is a hard deadline and a hard copy of the Permission to Test (grades 4 & 5 only) needs to be turned in to the GT teacher and signed if you would like to refer your child for further GT evaluation. The form you will need to print can be found on the LCPS website -search for gifted education; notifications tab. The LCPS Gifted Education Office has developed a video to share information about this year’s spring gifted evaluation cycle for students in grades 4 and 5. You may visit the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage (https://www.lcps.org/giftedandtalented) to view the video. Click the “Notifications” tab to locate the video.The spring gifted evaluation cycle identifies students who demonstrate a need for gifted services for the 2024-2025 school year. Parents/guardians of students in grades 4-5, who were not evaluated in the fall of 2023, may request an evaluation by submitting a “Permission to Evaluate” form to the gifted resource teacher at their child’s school. The window to submit the form is January 2-26, 2024. Forms will not be accepted after this window closes.

    *Note for Current gr4 or 5 Parents of GT: DCI Math/Language Arts students:

    GT: DCI Math/Language Arts is an elementary gifted education program and concludes at the end of 5th grade, so parents/guardians of current 5th grade DCI students (who were not evaluated in the fall2023), should be sure to view the video to learn about the spring evaluation process for gifted services in middle school. After viewing the video, if you decide that you would like your child evaluated for gifted services in middle school (SPECTRUM program), please send in a “Permission to Evaluate” form to the gifted resource teacher at your child’s school. Students may only be evaluated for gifted services once per academic year. Students who were evaluated for gifted services during the fall 2023 cycle can only be reevaluated next school year (Fall 2024-2025).

    Parents of grade 3 students only: The LCPS Gifted Education Office has developed a video to share information about this year’s spring gifted evaluation cycle for 3rd grade students. You may visit the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage (https://www.lcps.org/giftedandtalented) to view the video. Click the “Notifications” tab to locate the video. The spring gifted evaluation cycle identifies students who demonstrate a need for gifted services for the 2024-2025 school year. All 3rd grade students are evaluated for gifted services as part of the LCPS universal evaluation process.  Parents of grade 3 students should not submit referrals because universal screening occurs for all grade 3 students automatically unless an opt-out form is submitted. Families may opt out of this process by completing the Opt-Out form and returning it to the gifted resource teacher at their child’s school by January 26, 2024. The Opt-Out form can be located on the LCPS Gifted & Talented webpage (https://www.lcps.org/giftedandtalented)

    Parents of grade K,1,& 2 students only: If your child is in grades K, 1, or 2, please read the program descriptions on the overview page which are specific to these grade levels.

     

    December 2023 update:

    Final Parent Referral Window for the 23-24 school year (for only parents of gr4 and gr5 students): Jan. 2, 2024 through Jan. 26, 2024. January 26 is a hard deadline and hard COPIES of the Permission to Test (grades 4 & 5 only) need turned in to the GT teacher and signed. The form you will need to print can be found on the LCPS website under a search for gifted education, notifications tab. Please see below for further details about the process. If your child is in grades K, 1, 2, 3, please read the program descriptions and procedures on these pages, which are specific to certain grade levels. Parents of grade 3 students should not submit referrals because universal screening occurs for all grade 3 students automatically unless an opt-out form is submitted.

     

     

    Eligibility Procedures for year 23-24:

    Grade level: 3rd - Gifted Eligibility Procedures

    Click here: 23-24 Gifted Evaluation Process (students grades 3,4,5)

    Timeline: grade 2 through the end of grade 3

    Parent Referral: NO ACTION NEEDED or referral needed for grade 3 parents. Universal screening is conducted. All grade 3 students will automatically be screened for gifted services. Those services would begin in grade 4 if a child is found eligible. Parents are notified in June of grade 3 if their child is found eligible and permission is sought at that time. 

    All third-graders receive gifted education lessons in SEARCH class (-see “Overview” page on this website for the program description) on a bi-weekly basis, in the regular education classroom. Gr3 TALENT DEVELOPMENT lessons are presented in SEARCH class, which provide students with exposure to the types of tasks that are included in the gifted portfolio assessments in the spring. Gifted portfolio lessons (in-school work samples) are taught during SEARCH lessons and collected. These portfolio pieces are used in the third grade evaluation in spring.

    Gifted education eligibility and evaluation takes place in the spring of 3rd grade. The student's MAP, CogAT, and Portfolio work samples are evaluated by an LCPS committee. The CogAT is administered in the fall/spring by the classroom teacher in grade 2. All information about CogAT can be found in ParentVue under Test History. The GT Department uses the scores for the third grade evaluation in the spring. MAP (Math and Reading) assessments will be administered by the classroom teacher. All information about the MAP tests will be shared by your child's teacher. The GT Department uses the scores for the third grade evaluation in the spring. Notification of eligibility status will be sent in June by the LCPS Gifted Supervisor, Wendy King. Parent permission is sought before services begin in fall of grade 4.

     

    Grade level:4th-Gifted Eligibility Procedures for GT: GIA FUSION or GT:DCI Math/ELA:

    Click here: 23-24 Gifted Evaluation Process (students grades 3,4,5)

    Timeline/Deadlines: Sept. 11-29, 2023 or Jan. 2-26, 2024. Deadlines are hard and no other eligibility referrals will be offered other than those stated above. There is a 1-year calendar limit on referrals.

    Parent Referral as follows:

    New to LCPS parents - Parents should contact the GT teacher to go over their child’s progress and more information will be provided. There is no GT reciprocity between school systems elsewhere.

    Current parents of LCPS students - parents should contact the GT teacher to go over their child’s data and evidence concerning previous ineligibility in grade 3. More information will be provided. Current LCPS grade 4 students who were LCPS students in grade 3, cannot be reevaluated until January 2024. There is a 1-year calendar limit on referrals.

     

    Grade level: 5th-Gifted Eligibility Procedures for GT: GIA FUSION or GT:DCI Math/ELA:

    Click here: 23-24 Gifted Evaluation Process (students grades 3,4,5)

    Timeline/Deadlines: Sept. 11-29., 2023 or Jan. 2-26, 2024. Deadlines are hard and no other eligibility referrals will be offered other than those stated above.

    Parent Referral as follows:

    New to LCPS parents - Parents should contact the GT teacher to go over their child’s progress and more information will be provided. There is no GT reciprocity between school systems elsewhere.

    Current parents of LCPS students - Parents should contact the GT teacher to go over their child’s data and evidence concerning previous ineligibility in grade 3 or grade 4. More information will be provided.

Last Modified on January 3, 2024