Parent Appeal Process

The state of Missouri requires that students included in a gifted program meet three of the following four criteria:

  1. General Mental Ability - Full-scale or General Ability Index (GAI) scores on an individual intelligence test at or above the 95th percentile are one criterion. 

  2. Academic Ability - Academic achievement tests in math and reading/language arts must be administered. These tests must be norm-referenced and the cut-off score must be set at the 95th percentile or higher in one content area and at least the 90th percentile in the other content area. 

  3. Creativity, Reasoning, and Problem-solving Ability - Results of valid tests or other assessments indicating outstanding ability in one or more of these areas may be considered.

  4. Other - Documented evidence of exceptional performance in a general academic area, a fine arts area, or another area related to the design of the gifted program is important.

Although demonstrated performance in these areas is required, parents may appeal a denial of gifted services to the Superintendent and to the Board of Education. 

Please contact Dr. Michelle Kratofil, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services for information on the appeals process.