Gifted and Talented Identification Process
The Annotated Code of Maryland and Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) requires school districts to conduct a universal screening process no later than Grade 3 with additional identification occurring during the 3 – 5 and 6 – 9 grade bands. AACPS conducts universal screening of students in grades 2, 5, and 7.
Once a student is identified as Gifted or Advanced, they do not lose that designation. However, all students not previously identified as Gifted in BOTH Reading and Math will be re-screened in Grades 5 and 7. At that time, students may be considered for a Gifted or Advanced identification if they were not previously identified as such.
AACPS recognizes that achievement, ability, and potential play a role in identifying gifted students; therefore, multiple measures are used to identify students.
For more information on how students are identified for gifted services in AACPS, please watch the video above, or click one of the links below.