12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606  Phone: (757) 591-4500

 

 

Gifted Services 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.

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 and Fifth Grade Students

All second and fifth 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. 

Second and Fifth Grade Gifted Evaluation Eligibility Criteria:

  • aptitude test
  • achievement test
  • 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 test
  • achievement test
  • 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:

  • 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 office 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 the office of 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 test
  • achievement test
  • 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.