Discovery...How does my child qualify?
In the Warren County R-III School District, the gifted program,
Discovery, serves students in Grades 3-6. It is a pull-out program,
so the students leave their regular classroom for most of the day,
one day a week. Each day’s work in Discovery consists of both
independent work and cooperative learning groups. Students work on
their higher level thinking skills, including analysis, synthesis
and evaluation. These levels of thinking skills challenge student
to solve problems and use creativity to break down problems and
find solutions. Math skills, logic, research, creative writing and
language are addressed each day with independent assignments. In
addition, the whole class studies several special topics in depth
each year. we also spend a part of each Discovery class working on
interpersonal skills, learning what “gifted” means and how to cope
with problems that gifted students encounter.
In order to be placed in the program, the teacher completes a short referral checklist. This is a list of “typical” behaviors observed in gifted children. The child must score at or above 80% on this checklist. The child’s scores on his/her recent Terra Nova, Stanford, or other group achievement test must be at the 95% ile level or above in Reading, Language, or Math to qualify for testing. When a child qualifies for testing, his/her parents or guardians will be asked to sign a letter giving the staff permission to administer individual test to the child. The child must master 3 of these tests to qualify for the program. They are the WASI*; an individual intelligence test, the WIAT II**; an individual achievement test, and the Gifted Evaluation Scale; a more extensive checklist of student behavior which is completed by the teacher. If two of the three tests are mastered, the SAGES II***; a non-verbal intelligence test for screening gifted students is administered.
WASI- Wechler Abbreviated Scales of intelligence
WIAT II- Wechler Individual Achievement Test II
SAGES II- Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary Students II
The Explore class for grades 7 & 8 meets for one hour each day as an elective class. Referral and testing procedures are the same as those listed for Discovery.