Cobb County provides services for identified gifted students at all
grade levels. The gifted program is designed to meet the very specific
academic needs of these
students by emphasizing the following competencies:
- Creative, productive, and critical thinking
- Extensive and advanced research skills
- Skills for independent learning
The requirements for identifying and placing students in the gifted program are governed by
Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38.
Please contact Willa Woods-Hodges for more information about the Lindley 6th Grade Academy Gifted program.
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Gifted Evaluation Process
All gifted assessments in Cobb County School District adhere to the
rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of
Education. There are three steps in the process of identification and
placement of students into the gifted program: referral, assessment,
and determination of eligibility.
The referral process is the first step for entrance into the gifted
program. A referral may come from teachers, parents, students, or as
the result of system wide testing. Referrals are reviewed by each
school’s eligibility committee which determines who will be evaluated
for gifted placement.
Students are evaluated in four areas: mental ability, achievement,
creativity, and motivation. Assessment instruments include nationally
normed tests, rating scales, and other approved measures. All
assessments comply with state rules and regulations. Individual
assessment measures require parental consent.
Determination of Eligibility
A student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas:
- Mental Ability: 96th percentile on a standardized test of mental ability
- Achievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement battery
- Creativity: 90th percentile / 90th percent on a creativity assessment
- Motivation: 90th percentile / 90th percent on a motivation assessment
- In State Transfers: Any student who meets the
eligibility criteria for gifted education services is considered
eligible to receive gifted education services in Cobb County upon
- Out of State Transfers:
There is no mandated reciprocity between states for gifted
eligibility. Students who transfer from other states’ gifted programs
must meet Georgia eligibility requirements before services can be
Previous assessment data will be considered if the test results are
less than two years old.
Information From: www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/giftedservices
Gifted students in middle school are served through advanced content
classes in English/Language arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Advanced content courses present more complex subject matter at an
accelerated pace. Students in middle school advanced content classes
are expected to go beyond baseline standards and develop the critical
thinking, reasoning, and writing skills in core content areas that
will ensure academic success during their high school and college
Gifted - Gifted Coordinator
Mrs. Willa Woods-Hodges