Teacher: Taylor Beckwith
Elementary: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Middle School: Thursday and Friday
In the State of Missouri, “gifted children” mean those who “exhibit precocious
development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent
professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation
could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a
standard grade level curriculum.”
Eligibility process for screening and identification of students
for Bright Ideas (gifted) program
∙ First and second graders will be considered for Bright Ideas screening. If a higher
grade level student transfers into the district and through record review is a possible
candidate for the program, they may go through the same screening process as first
and second graders.
∙ Initial selection of students for screening for the Bright Ideas program is
determined through review of the second semester district reading achievement
∙ Students who score at or above the 85
th percentile on the reading assessment will
be administered a district math achievement assessment before the end of the school
∙ If the student’s math score does not fall at or above the 85th percentile, the
screening will end and the student will not be eligible for further assessment. Students
who do not pass the screening may be screened one more time the following year
during the screening period (end of school year).
∙ At the beginning of the next school year, students who score at or above the 85th
percentile on the math assessment will be administered a standardized individual
∙ If the student’s achievement score is at or above the 95th percentile, the student
will be administered a standardized creativity test.
∙ If the student’s creativity score is at or above the 95th percentile, the student will be
administered an intelligence test. If the student’s intelligence test score is at or above
the 95th percentile, the student is eligible to participate in the Bright Ideas program.
Programs for Gifted Students
Gifted Identification and Placement