Student Eligibility for the Gifted and Talented Program

The KIBSD Gifted and Talented Program will be using three criteria to help identify gifted and talented students within the district. The criteria include analyzing gifted characteristics, achievement data, and cognitive data.  

  • Gifted Characteristics: A parent, teacher, or student may complete a referral based on student observations. The student may then be further evaluated with a cognitive assessment.
  • Achievement Data: Students that meet specific national percentiles on the FastBridge Assessment may be further evaluated with a cognitive assessment.
  • Cognitive Data: Students that meet one of the criteria above AND meet specific national percentiles on the CogAT assessment may be eligible for gifted services through KIBSD.  

KIBSD has two different pathways that a student may be found eligible for the Gifted and Talented Program as outlined below in the table. 

Option A 
Referral  > Cognitive Assessment  

Option B
Achievement Data  > Cognitive Assessment  

Step 1

A teacher, student, or parent may refer a student to be further evaluated for gifted services based on student performance, observations, and leadership abilities.

A survey, Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS), will be completed by the student’s teachers and parent/guardian.  

Student achievement data from the FastBridge assessments will be analyzed after each testing window. The top performers on the aMath and aReading assessments may be further evaluated for gifted services.
Step 2 A cognitive assessment (CogAT) will be given. 
The top performers based on national percentiles may be eligible for gifted and talented services.  
A cognitive assessment (CogAT) will be given.
The top performers based on national percentiles may be eligible for gifted and talented services.

Student Referral for Evaluation to KIBSD Gifted and Talented Program

  • A parent, teacher, or student may refer a student to be evaluated for the Gifted and Talented Program at KIBSD.
  • Referrals should be based on student observation and/or performance.
    • See the table below for common gifted traits.
    • Remember, no gifted individual is the same or displays the same traits.
  • To refer a student, please contact the assigned gifted and talented teacher.

Common Traits of Gifted Learners 

Cognitive Creative Affective  Behavioral 
Keen power of abstraction  Creativeness and inventiveness   Unusual emotional depth and intensity   Spontaneity  
Interest in problem-solving and applying concepts  Keen sense of humor   Sensitivity or empathy to the feelings of others   Boundless enthusiasm  
Voracious and early reader  Ability for fantasy   High expectations of self and others, often leading to feelings of frustration  Intensely focused on passions—resists changing activities when engrossed in own interests 
Large vocabulary  Openness to stimuli, wide interests Heightened self-awareness, accompanied by feelings of being different  Highly energetic—needs little sleep or down time  
Intellectual curiosity  Intuitiveness Easily wounded, need for emotional support  Constantly questions  
Power of critical thinking, skepticism, self-criticism  Flexibility  Need for consistency between abstract values and personal actions  Insatiable curiosity  
Persistent, goal-directed behavior  Independence in attitude and social behavior  Advanced levels of moral judgment  Impulsive, eager and spirited  
Independence in work and study  Self-acceptance and unconcern for social norms  Idealism and sense of justice  Perseverance—strong determination in areas of importance  
Diversity of interests and abilities 


Aesthetic and moral commitment to self-selected work 

High levels of frustration—particularly when having difficulty meeting standards of performance (either imposed by self or others) 
Volatile temper, especially related to perceptions of failure 
Non-stop talking/chattering 

Source: Traits of Giftedness

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