What is automatic eligibility?

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After system-wide testing (CogAT in grades 1, 3, and 6, MAP in grades K-8, STAR in 9-12), has been completed in the fall semester, the gifted specialist or gifted coordinator will review current standardized test scores on file to identify students who are automatically eligible for the gifted program by scoring at the 99th percentile (K-2) or at or above the 96th percentile (grades 3-12) on the overall composite or full-scale score of a standardized mental abilities test using age norms and at or above the 90th percentile on the total battery, total reading or total math section of an achievement test. The gifted coordinator will notify parents of students who are automatically eligible and will request signed consent to serve the student in the gifted program and to obtain rating scale data for the student in the areas of creativity and motivation. Creativity and motivation data will be for informational purposes only in order to complete a state eligibility form.