T.A.D. entrance criteria include a standardized cognitive ability score, standardized reading and math achievement scores, and measures of classroom academic performance. Teachers and parents may nominate a student for further examination using a gifted behavior rating scale. A profile which includes a standard intelligence test score, achievement test scores, behavioral characteristics, teacher recommendation, and grade point average are evaluated in order to determine eligibility for the program.
Screening for the T.A.D. program occurs during the first week of school in the fall for students who were in our county and have qualifying scores. New students will be evaluated at the end of the first marking period in order to obtain the required data, grades, and teacher evaluation using the behavior rating scale.
Based on our experiences teaching academically gifted students, we believe students who meet these criteria can be successful in the T.A.D. program. Teachers, administrators, and parents involved in the screening process have the right to expect the criteria to be adhered to consistently. In addition, students have a right to be placed in programs that are educationally appropriate for them.
Students entering third grade may qualify for participation in the T.A.D. program based on the following criteria:
- Reading achievement score at or above the 90th percentile on a standardized reading test.
- Math achievement score at or above the 90th percentile on a standardized math test.
- Cognitive score at or above 125 on a standardized cognitive ability test.
Grades 4 and 5
Students qualify for participation in the T.A.D. program in the 4th and 5th grades based on the following criteria:
1. MSA Reading score at the advanced level.
2. MSA Math score at the advanced level.
3. Reading grade point average of 3.5 or above.
4. Math grade point average of 3.5 or above.
5. Scholastic Reading Inventory ( SRI ) score of 90% or above.
6. Cognitive score of 125 or above on a standardized cognitive ability test.