DCSD referral window for 2023-2024 Gifted and Talented program will run Aug. 1–Sept. 9

DCSD referral window for 2023-2024 Gifted and Talented program will run Aug. 1 – Sept. 9
Posted on 07/28/2022
Two students laughingDARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County School District’s (DCSD) referral window for the 2023-2024 Gifted and Talented program will open Monday, Aug. 1, and close Friday, Sept. 9.

If you would like your child screened for the Gifted and Talented program, you must complete the online screening referral form by Sept. 9. Every child is tested as a second grader. In order to be retested, your child must have scored in the 70th percentile or higher on the last administration of the approved tests for Gifted and Talented.

DCSD will administer the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to second grade students and any other eligible grade-level students that have been referred for testing. The testing is a screening for placement in the district’s Gifted and Talented program for the 2023-24 school year.

The testing will be administered in two areas: achievement and aptitude. The ITBS will be administered for achievement, and the CogAT will be administered to determine the aptitude criteria. Students who meet the required criteria (Achievement: 94th national age percentile in reading comprehension or math concepts and problem solving; Aptitude: 93rd national age percentile in either verbal, non-verbal, quantitative, or total) may be eligible to participate in the Gifted and Talented program beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Students who meet one-half of the criteria will be eligible to participate in the Performance Task Assessment in late February and March.

If parents would like students in grades 3-11 to be retested, please click the link that follows in order complete the screening/testing referral form by Sept. 9:

Click here to Complete the Gifted and Talented Screening/Testing Referral Form

The district will notify parents of a student who qualifies for Gifted and Talented by letter in the summer of 2023.

For more information about the Gifted and Talented Program, please contact the Office of Arts and Innovative Programs at 843-398-2242.