Gifted and Talented
Rebecca L. Mann
The most important question…
Identification for what?
•Make sure that your identification process matches your program goals.
If you identify mathematical giftedness, the child should be participating
in a math based program. Often, we identify students with very diverse
talents and then expect them to excel in one kind of program.
•If you have an academic gifted program, your identification process should
look for students with academic strengths.
•If you have a program that stresses creativity, your identification process
should look for highly creative students. Most of these students will be
overlooked if you use test scores as your main means of selection.
• The identification process should never be
finished; it should be flexible and
• Use information from a variety of sources.
• Make sure that your identification process
has provisions for locating gifted students
from underserved populations.
Screening tools used for identification:
Testing - make sure the tests are:
Valid – Is the test valid? Does it measure what
you want it to measure?
Reliable – Is the test reliable? Are scores
consistent? Will you likely get a similar score for
an individual on repeated administrations of the
Nominations – Teacher, Parent, Self, Peer
Product Evaluations – portfolios
Rating Scales – i.e. SRBCSS
Matrix i.e. Baldwin Identification Matrix
Talent Pool – multiple criteria – safety valves
NAGC - Five Guiding Principles
of Student Identification
• A comprehensive and cohesive process for student nomination
must be coordinated in order to determine eligibility for gifted
• Instruments used for student assessment to determine
eligibility for gifted education services must measure diverse
abilities, talents, strengths, and needs in order to provide
students an opportunity to demonstrate any strengths.
• A student assessment profile of individual strengths and needs
must be developed to plan appropriate intervention.
• All student identification procedures and instruments must be
based on current theory and research.
• Written procedures for student identification must include at
the very least provisions for informed consent, student
retention, student reassessment, student exiting, and appeals
Renzulli Identification System
Total Talent Pool Consists of Approximately 15 % of the General Population
(Approximately 50% of
Test Score Criteria
the Talent Pool)
Test Score Nominations
Step 1 (Automatic, and Based on Local
(Approximately 50% of the
(Automatic Except in Cases of
Teachers Who Are Over or Under
Step 3 Alternative Pathways --> Case Study
Step 4 Special Nominations --> Case Study
Step 5 Nominations of Parents
Step 6 Action Information Nomination