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Gifted Referrals & Eligibility
Each Local Education Agency (LEA) must develop and implement procedures to ensure that students who exhibit gifted characteristics are referred for gifted services.  Efforts must be made to identify students among all populations and socioeconomic groups as well as students with disabilities and students who are limited English Proficient. All second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist provided by the State Department of Education.

A student may be considered for gifted services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities.  Standard referrals may occur at any time for students six years of age and older.  Parents must be informed when the students are referred.   

Each LEA must also develop and implement procedures to evaluate students referred for gifted services.  Information must be obtained in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. Upon receipt of this information, the LEA will determine eligibility of students for gifted services.  The LEA must utilize a variety of service delivery options.

Alabama Administrative Code

290-8-9.12 Gifted