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Rockwood Gifted Program
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Identification Process

​​​​​State of Missouri: Definition of Gifted

Gifted students are defined in Section 162.675, RSMo as "students 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."

The Rockwood School District follows guidelines for gifted identification required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, looking at multiple criteria to determine if gifted education services are needed.  The Rockwood Gifted Program is reviewed and approved each year at the state level.  Additional information on Missouri Gifted Education can be found at

Identification Criteria

​The process for identifying gifted students begins when a student is nominated for the program by a staff member, parent, or student. Placement in the program is determined by accumulated points on a four-criteria weighted scale matrix. Criteria are as follows:​

Criterion 1: Academic Ability​

A standardized, nationally normed measure of academic achievement of 95% on the reading and math fall or winter STAR assessments, or a 95% or higher composite score on the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-3).  Testing must have occurred within the last 2 years.

Criterion 2: Reasoning and Problem-Solving Ability​

Kindergarten: A score of three or higher out of four activities from the Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI)

Grades 1st-12th:  Percentile rank of 90 or higher on the Cognitive Abilities Assessment (CogAT-Brief).

Criterion 3: Cognitive Ability​

A minimum score of 132 (General Ability Index or Full-Scale IQ) from the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) or Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales (SB-V).

Please note that students must meet all criteria. An IQ score alone does not identify a student as needing gifted education services.​

Screening for Elementary Students

All district elementary students will participate in universal screening to determine if gifted services are needed in the regular classroom as follows​

Grade Level


Minimum Score


Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI)

Meets criteria on 3 or more activities

2nd & 4th grades

CogAT (Brief Form) Cognitive Abilities Test

90th percentile

1st through 5th grades

STAR fall & winter benchmark assessments in reading and math achievement​

95th percentile

Individual Testing for Elementary Students

Students who meet the screening criteria in one or more areas (grades 1-5) will move on to individual testing.

  • Students who meet the screening criteria on the CogAT ​and do not meet the achievement criteria on the STAR will be given the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3).​
  • Students who meet the criteria on the STAR, but do not meet the criteria on the CoGAT, will be given the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-II).
  • Students in grades 6-12 are screened on an individual basis and must meet the criteria to move on to individual testing. If you wish to refer a secondary student for gifted services, please contact the Identification Office and request a referral form.

Students must meet screening and academic criteria to move on to cognitive ability testing (IQ).

​Students meeting all three criteria will begin gifted education services at the semester. Students who meet both screening and achievement criteria will advance to cognitive ability (IQ) testing. Students must obtain a minimum 132 General Ability Index (GAI) or Full-Scale IQ (FSIQ) score to qualify for services.

Parent/Teacher Referrals

Students who were not present during the screening process for their grade level may be referred by a parent or teacher second semester. Referrals are due to the identification office on April 1st. Referral forms can be obtained by contacting your child's school counselor or the CCL Identification office. Referrals will only be accepted for students in grades K-5 who did not participate in universal screening in the fall.

Students who are referred will be screened during the spring semester. Those students meeting screening criteria will be given individual testing.


Students who reside in the Rockwood School District boundaries, but attend a private or parochial school, or who are homeschooled, may be referred by a parent or teacher to determine if a student is eligible for gifted education services. Referral forms can be obtained by contacting the CCL Identification Office. Referred students will be screened and those meeting the screening criteria will be recommended for further testing. Referrals are accepted all year and are screened in the order received.  Qualified students begin to receive services at the start of the semester.

Gifted Students Transferring into Rockwood

Gifted students transferring into Rockwood may submit results from intelligence tests that were administered by their former district. The tests need to be the same as those used by Rockwood's program. Students with a score of 132 or higher will be considered for the program. Students with results lower than 132 need to be retested by Rockwood Gifted Program personnel in order to qualify for the program. Please note that test results must be received by our office at least two weeks prior to the start of a new semester. Information that is received after this point will be considered during the following semester's admission process.

Gifted Education Identification for ELL, IEP, and Section 504 Students

All students are universally screened each year in grades K through 5. Some students may have individual circumstances that interfere with demonstrating academic potential on traditional measures of giftedness. Students who are English language learners (ELL) or have an IEP/Section 504 plan who demonstrate high ability, but do not meet regular program criteria, may be reconsidered through a case study approach. A reconsideration committee meets monthly to review such cases and to make placement decisions. Students who are identified through the reconsideration process participate in the same gifted program services as all other identified students.


Elementary Students (K-5)

Rockwood elementary students are screened yearly and have the opportunity to be reevaluated if they meet screening criteria for both academic achievement and reasoning/problem-solving ability. Students may be given a maximum of two IQ tests in grades 1 through 12.

Students who obtained a minimum IQ score of 125 may seek testing by a private practitioner. See private testing guidelines for more information.

Secondary Students (6-12)

Only one re-evaluation is possible for any given student in Rockwood. A re-evaluation can be requested based on the following circumstances: 1) two years have elapsed since the previous intelligence test was administered; 2) written documentation from the parent or a physician documenting that a child was ill during the first testing session or was absent from school the day prior to or after testing due to illness; or 3) written documentation from a physician that a child was tested prior to being diagnosed with a disability that could have adversely affected testing performance.​

Students who do not meet entrance criteria after administration of an intelligence test by the gifted program are eligible for retesting by program personnel. Retesting can be requested by a parent or staff member by using a standard gifted program nomination form. Students may be re-nominated only one time and that re-nomination needs to be at least two years after the initial nomination was submitted.​​