The purpose of careful and comprehensive identification procedures is to find and serve as many students as possible who need special programs to develop their exceptional abilities. It is important to identify students with potential for outstanding achievement. The emphasis in identification should be on student need for qualitatively differentiated educational services beyond what is provided through the classroom curriculum.
First students are referred by teachers, parents, or themselves. Referral does not means students are placed in the program; it is the beginning of the process.
Next, students are tested. Two objective and two subjective methods of testing, a creativity test, and rating scales are used.
Each referred student is assigned a number, and his/her scores are graphed on a matrix.
An identification committee meets and views the information. No student names are revealed. Members of the committee choose students whose scores reflect a need for qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and services. These scores reflect high/superior achievement.
After all identification procedures are followed, names may be revealed. Letters are sent requesting permission to place students in the program if placed there by the committee.
Genoa Central identification procedures are monitored and approved by the Arkansas Department of Gifted and Talented Education.