Gifted and Talented Education
A student may be considered for gifted services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities. Standard referrals may occur at any time for students six years of age and older. Parents must be informed when the students are referred.
Each LEA must also develop and implement procedures to evaluate students referred for gifted services. Information must be obtained in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. Upon receipt of this information, the LEA will determine eligibility of students for gifted services. The LEA must utilize a variety of service delivery options.
Alabama Administrative Code
Definition of Gifted
Gifted students are those who perform at or have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Gifted children may be found within any race, ethnicity, gender, economic class, or nationality. In addition, students with disabilities may be identified as gifted.
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second-grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.
For each student referred, information is gathered in areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.
To make a referral, contact the Gifted Teacher assigned to your student's school.
The Bessemer City School system shall prohibit discrimination against any student on the above basis with respect to his/her participation in the gifted program.