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ERIC Number: ED536467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Updated Procedures for Determining Gifted Eligibility for Underrepresented Students. Research Note. RN1201
Froman, Terry
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
There are a number of detailed requirements for gifted screening, referral and eligibility specified under State Board Rules and School Board Rules. In all of these areas, explicit mention is made of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores as being integral components. The FCAT scores used for these purposes prior to 2008 were percentiles as reported in the Norm Referenced Test (NRT) result reports. The Florida DOE discontinued administration of the NRT starting in 2008. With NRT scores no longer available, screening, referral, and eligibility specifications were modified and provisions made for using FCAT Sunshine State Standards (SSS) data as a substitute measurement of academic achievement. With the advent of FCAT 2.0 specifications, the scoring scales have changed and the references to cutoff scores need to be adjusted. In anticipation of these needs, members of the Division of Advanced Academic Programs and Assessment, Research and Data Analysis collaborated on the suggestion proposed in this Research Note. This investigation focuses on the Gifted Eligibility Determination Form for Use with Underrepresented Students in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grades (Plan B Matrix) currently being utilized by the Division of Advanced Academic Programs. In this Matrix, students are awarded from 0 to 4 points in specified categories in each of the following areas: Gifted Characteristic Checklist, Achievement Percentile Score, Intelligence Test Quotient, and Creativity Measure Score. The Achievement Percentile Score applied to the matrix are cutoff points for the FCAT SSS for either the Reading or the Mathematics Test. The cutoff scores were determined in an effort to provide an equi-percentile distribution of the points which had been awarded using the earlier FCAT NRT system. With the transition to FCAT 2.0 standards, different score scales are used and the score cutoffs for determining achievement points need to be recalculated. The FCAT 2.0 uses a vertically-aligned scale that has a different range and distribution for each grade level.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test