• Referrals and Eligibility

    for the Gifted Education Program


    The Daves 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 Daves Creek Elementary.


    How can a student currently attending Daves 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, which can be obtained online (see Parent Referral Packet link to the left).  

     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






    Testing for gifted eligibility will occur within the windows below:
     What    Grades  Testing Window

    Fall Administration:

    Referrals due no later than August 20, 2021

     1-8 August 23-September 30, 2021

    Spring Administration:

    Referrals due no later than February 18, 2022  

     K-8 February 28-March 24, 2022           
    ***Testing windows are subject to change due to possible school closures related to COVID-19.
    Eligibility Guidelines:  
    State Placement Standards: Option A (Gifted):
    K-2 : 99%ile composite score on a nationally age normed mental abilities test plus
              90%ile or higher on a nationally norm referenced achievement test.
    3-5 : 96%ile composite score on the nationally age normed mental abilities test plus
             90%ile or higher on a nationally normed achievement test 

    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 test
    90%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 FCS Gifted Education 

    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. 

    Gifted Program Administrator:  Jenny Spartz                
Last Modified on August 9, 2021