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Gifted Services General Intellectual Academic (GIA) Evaluation Process

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 may be referred for gifted services evaluation. Referrals may be submitted by a teacher, parent, school counselor, administrator, or student. Referrals should be submitted to the Gifted Services Department by emailing Kimberly Beckerdite, Supervisor of Gifted Services at kimberly.beckerdite@nn.k12.va.us or calling 757-591-4566. Gifted site assignments are determined by a child’s mailing address. Parents are not permitted to select a gifted site.

  • Elementary students may only be referred and/or tested for General Intellectual Aptitude (GIA) gifted services a total of three times (not including appeals) during their K-5 years. This includes the district mass screening in 2nd grade.
  • Middle school and High School students may be referred and screened for General Intellectual Aptitude (GIA) gifted services twice (not including appeals).
  • Students previously identified as gifted in another school division must go through Newport News’ referral and identification process to determine possible eligibility for gifted services in the Newport News school division. 
  • While referrals are accepted throughout the year, the preferred referral windows include:
    • September:  New to the system and transfer students
    • October: 2nd grade district wide NNAT screening with full evaluation beginning in December
    • December/January:  K and 1st referrals
    • March:  3rd and 4th grade
    • April:  6th-11th grade

Gifted Evaluation Process for Kindergarten and First Grade Students

Referrals for kindergarten and first grade students are submitted in November to the Gifted Services Department. The Gifted Resource Teachers work with all kindergarten and first grade teachers to solicit referrals for gifted evaluation. Parents should contact their child’s teacher to request a gifted evaluation for their child.

Kindergarten and First Grade Gifted Evaluation Eligibility Criteria

  • teacher evaluation of a child’s gifted characteristics
  • parent evaluation of a child’s gifted characteristics
  • aptitude test
  • classroom performance

Parents are notified by letter of the final placement decision. 

Gifted Evaluation Process for Second Grade Students

All second grade students in Newport News Public Schools are screened for possible placement in the Gifted Services program.  Students take an aptitude test to determine possible eligibility. These tests are given in the classroom during the regular school day.  Students who score above a certain level will continue the screening process and take an achievement test at a later date that is part of the multiple criteria used for eligibility. Parents may opt their child out of the screening process.

Second Grade Gifted Evaluation Eligibility Criteria:

  • aptitude tests
  • teacher evaluation of student’s gifted characteristics
  • parent evaluation of child’s gifted characteristics
  • instructional level and performance of the student in the areas of reading, math, science and social studies (most recent grades)
  • other data as needed

Parents are notified by letter of the final placement decision.

Gifted Evaluation Referral Process:

Students in third through grade 12 may be referred for gifted services evaluation. Referrals may be submitted by a teacher, parent, school counselor, administrator, or student. Referrals should be submitted to the Gifted Services Department by emailing Kimberly Beckerdite, Supervisor of Gifted Services at kimberly.beckerdite@nn.k12.va.us or calling 757-591-4566.

Third through Twelfth Grade Gifted Evaluation Eligibility Criteria:

  • aptitude tests
  • teacher evaluation of student’s gifted characteristics
  • parent evaluation of child’s gifted characteristics
  • instructional level and performance of the student in the areas of reading, math, science and social studies (most recent grades)
  • other data as needed

Parents are notified by letter of the final placement decision.

Appeal Process

Gifted Evaluation Referral Process for Private School, Homeschooled, Transfer, and New-to-the-system Students:

  • Private school students, homeschooled students, and other transfer students may be referred and tested, but the placement will not be valid until a Newport News address is available for the student and the student is properly enrolled in the division.
  • Guidance counselors/registrars review transfer student files upon enrollment. Students who have been identified as gifted in another school district will receive a referral for gifted services. All previous valid and reliable assessment data will be considered during eligibility along with current evidence gathered by NNPS Gifted Services Department.
  • Military transfer students will be considered immediately.
  • Transfer students will be screened upon arrive if referred for gifted services evaluation. Referrals may be submitted by a teacher, parent, school counselor, administrator, or student. Referrals should be submitted to the Gifted Services Department by emailing Kimberly Beckerdite, Supervisor of Gifted Services at kimberly.beckerdite@nn.k12.va.us or calling 757-591-4566.
  • The Department of Gifted Services offers courtesy screening for private school, home schooled, and new-to-the-system students throughout the year. Parents of these students should call Gifted Services at 757-591-4566 to pre-register for a testing session. Additional information on upcoming private and homeschooled student testing sessions is available at http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/tag/screening.html   

Gifted Evaluation Eligibility Criteria:

  • aptitude tests
  • teacher evaluation of student’s gifted characteristics
  • parent evaluation of child’s gifted characteristics
  • instructional level and performance of the student in the areas of reading, math, science and social studies (most recent grades)
  • other data as needed

Parents are notified by letter of the final placement decision.