• Referrals and Eligibility for the Gifted Education Program

    The Big Creek Gifted Education Program follows the eligibility criteria established

    by the Georgia Department of Education 

    Testing and programs are only available to students who are currently attending Big Creek  Elementary.


    How can a student currently attending Big Creek ES be referred? 

    Referrals may come from individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities. This may include teachers, parents, peers, or self.

    Generally teachers make referrals; however, parents may refer their own child by completing a referral packet


     The Referral Process:  

    Once a child is referred, a GET team will meet to determine if testing is appropriate, or if the student’s needs are being met in the regular classroom. If testing is recommended by the team, students must then qualify in three of four areas:


    Mental Ability





    Eligibility Guidelines:  

    State Placement Standards: Option A (Gifted):
    K-2 : 99%ile rank on a nationally normed mental abilities test plus
              90%ile or higher on a nationally norm referenced achievement test.
    3-5 : 96%ile rank on the nationally normed mental abilities test plus
             90%ile or higher on a nationally normed achievement test like ITBS.

    Georgia Eligibility under Option B (Student must have qualifying scores in 3 of the four areas):
    K-5: 96%ile on the mental abilities test 
    90%ile or higher on a standardized achievement test 
    90%ile on motivation test90%ile on creativity test 

    If a student is found ineligible, they are not eligible for retesting for two years.

     For additional information about the Gifted Education program, visit the Forsyth County Schools website at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us or the Georgia Department of Education website at http:public.doe.k12.ga.us/ci_iap_gifted.aspx


    Forsyth County Schools administers state approved tests for gifted eligibility.  The tests administered adhere to the State of Georgia Board of Education Policy,160-4-2-.38, having been reviewed for bias and are normed on a nationally representative sample with respect to race, religion, national origin, sex, disabilities, and economic background within a 10-year period prior to administration. In accordance with Professional Standards Commission Educator Code of Ethics assessment regulations, test security will be maintained among all levels of test administration.  Test security measures include that other than the name of the evaluation instrument, further information will not be shared about gifted eligibility assessments with regard to form, section, or level.