Typical Screening & Identification Criteria
Socrates Academy uses both a referral process and a screening process when searching for student nominations, evaluating student data, and starting the identification process. A student is considered screened for gifted services when he or she is evaluated using an instrument approved for gifted identification.
Universal Screening in Second Grade
Universal aptitude screening using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Gifted Rating Scale (GRS) will be completed for all 2nd graders at the end of the year. Scholars must beet the Socrates Academy Identification Criteria in order to be formally identified as gifted.
Parents/guardians receive written notification at the end of the school year when a student is newly qualified for services. Parents/Guardians are invited to the school to discuss gifted services and to sign the student’s documentation agreeing to or declining services at the end of the current school year.
Identification in Grades 3-11
When qualifying students for gifted services in grades 3-11, Socrates Academy uses aptitude (CogAT) and achievement (EOG) to identify areas of giftedness. A combination of both aptitude and achievement scores is used to determine gifted identification. Scholars must beet the Socrates Academy Identification Criteria in order to be formally identified as gifted.