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Letter for Parents: Gifted Eligibility using MAP Testing

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will utilize the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as the initial assessment towards gifted identification beginning the 2016-2017 school year for students in grades K-10.  Students who score > 90% RT (Reading Total) or > 90% MT (Math Total) on the nationally norm-referenced assessment (MAP) will take additional gifted formal evaluations.  Although the MAP assessment is administered three times per year, the gifted eligibility window is August-September for currently enrolled students.  Specifically, students will be assessed August 15 – September 13, 2016. 

The Georgia Department of Education’s guidelines specify that any data used to establish eligibility must be current within two years.  Since the MAP percentile score is valid for two years, students evaluated in fall 2016 will not be considered for gifted eligibility again until fall 2018.   

Additional information relative to the assessment window can be found on the District’s website.  Visit the following link:  If you have any questions about the MAP assessment, contact the Research, Assessments and Grants Department at 678-676-0300.  For gifted eligibility questions, please contact the Gifted Department at 678-676-0175.


 Rodney F. Swanson, Ph.D


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