Identification,

Enrichment and Nurturing

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The Identification Process
Nomination Paperwork for Teachers








Third Grade Nomination and Evaluation Timeline
  • September/October: work sample collection; data collection
  • October/November: Whole Class Nurturing
  • December: Nominations take place; Match Team Meets
  • January: Testing (if applicable)
  • January: Resource Classes Begin
  • May: Data Collection for any students determined as “Wait and Watch” in preparation for revisit at the start of the next school year

Fourth Grade Nomination and Evaluation Timeline
  • September: Match Team meets on students who were “wait and watch” from the previous year (testing if applicable); New nominations take place all year long
  • September-November: Data collection on new nominations
  • December: Match Team meets on new nominations
  • January: Testing (if applicable)
  • March/April: Match Team meets on any new nominations; Testing (if applicable)
  • May/June: Data collection for any students determined as “Wait and Watch” in preparation for revisit at the start of the next school year

Fifth Grade Nomination and Evaluation Timeline
  • August/September: Match Team meets on students who were “wait and watch” from the previous year (testing if applicable); New nominations take place
  • September-November: Data collection on new nominations
  • December: Match Team meets on new nominations
  • January: Testing (if applicable)
  • February: Match Team meets on any new nominations; Testing (if applicable)
  • March 1st - No more 5th grade nominations accepted.

Students are Nominated....
A student may be nominated for gifted services at any time throughout the year. Students can be
nominated by a parent, a teacher, a peer, or can nominate themselves. If you would like to nominate a child for
gifted services, please contact Mrs. Kochakji or inform the students' homeroom teacher. Once nominated for services,
data will be collected from the parents, teachers, and student. Once the data is collected, the Wrightsville Beach
Elementary School Match team will meet to determine if gifted services are appropriate or if additional data is needed.

Additional data usually includes some form of Aptitude or Achievement test.


Student Identification...
Formal Identification for gifted services typically begins in 3rd grade. However, if a K-2 student demonstrates
academic/intellectual ability 3-4 years above grade level, the Match team may decide formal identification is
appropriate.

The Match Team...
This is a group of faculty members consisting of the Gifted Education Specialist, administrators, and teachers. The team uses multiple criteria to evaluate gifted potential. Students must meet at least 4 of the 5 criteria listed below in order to qualify for gifted services:
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K-3 Nurturing Component
The New Hanover County Schools' K-3 Nurturing Program was developed to pursue the exploration
of ability among all students. There are several math and reading programs used to provide
nurturing services to all students. These programs may include but are not limited to: U-STARS,
Junior Great Books, The Problem Solver and Primary Educational Thinking Skills (see the link-PETS).
diverse groups of students.

3-5 Differentiation Component
For Grades 3-5, enrichment and acceleration is provided to the students achieving at a higher level.
The Gifted Specialist and classroom teachers work collaboratively to provide a learning environment
that continues to challenge the students. Listed below are types of services offered:
  • Consultation with teacher
  • Cluster Grouping/Flexible Group
  • Subject Grouping (Content)
  • Resource Units (Extension)
  • Resource Class
  • Cross Grade Grouping
  • Grade Skipping
  • Subject Skipping
  • Regional Service