• St. Louis Public Schools Gifted Education | Identification Process & Eligibility Criteria


    Universal Screening  


    Identification Process & Alternative Selection Criteria 

    1. Universal Screening 

    Beginning school year 2022-2023, all 2nd grade students will participate in Universal Screening utilizing the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3)​

    • The NNAT3 is a nonverbal measure of general ability, ideal for use with a diverse student population.​
    • Requires no spoken or written language, making it useful for students who are non-English speakers, intermediate English speakers, and students learning English for the first time. ​


    Any student with a minimum NAI score of 110 (73rd percentile) will be identified for further evaluation. 


    Gifted Evaluation & Identification 

    For eligibility and placement into the St. Louis Public Schools gifted program, students must have a score of 90th percentile or higher for General Mental Ability and must meet the alternative selection criteria in at least two additional areas listed below (three out of four criteria areas, must have GAI + academic.) 


    Identification Process & Alternative Selection Criteria 

    2.1 General Mental Ability 

    A minimum score at or above the 90th percentile on an individual intelligence test:

    • Full scale or index scores
    • General mental ability
    • General IQ
    • Nonverbal IQ

    2.2 Academic Ability

    A minimum score at or above the 80th percentile derived from a norm-referenced test in reading or math.

    Achievement Tests – Renaissance Star (SLPS enrolled students only):

    • Star Early Literacy (3.5 years – 5 years) 
    • Star Reading (KG – 12th grade)
    • Star Math (KG – 12th grade)

    (Must be within the district benchmark testing windows. The most recent STAR score will be considered. Evidence of "trend data" must be evident) 


    Achievement Tests (SLPS enrolled students, non-enrolled students):

    • Bracken (School Readiness Assessment)
    • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-3)
    • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-4)
    • Wide Range Achievement Test (5th Edition)

    2.3 Creativity, Reasoning, and Problem-solving Ability


    Gifted Universal Screener: Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3)​

    •  A minimum NAI score of 110 - 73rd percentile (this percentile reflects an approximate standard deviation for whole group screening tools) 

    2.4. Other

    Other – Gifted Rating Scales

    Student must demonstrate “above average” in at least 80% of categories

    • Teacher Gifted Rating Scales 
    • Parent Gifted Rating Scales 


    Other – Evidence of Academic Achievement (in-district students only):Documented evidence of exceptional performance in a general academic area, a fine arts area, or a STEM area. 

    Evidence may include: 

    • Portfolios of student work, auditions, or product demonstrations as evaluated by an assessment committee comprised of a gifted education specialist and at least two other educators 
    • Formal classroom observations utilizing the MO-TABS tool completed by a gifted education specialist


    (*Other - Academic Achievement criteria will only be used in unique circumstances in

    which a student has a General Mental Ability score at or above the 90th percentile but is unable to demonstrate achievement through traditional norm-referenced achievement tests due to specific challenges or barriers (i.e., IEP, ELL, one or more years without a certified teacher.) ONLY a certificated classroom teacher, principal, academic coach, or gifted education specialist knowledgeable about the student may request to utilize a portfolio or formal classroom observation for evidence of academic achievement.) 



    Timeline for Implementation: 

    St. Louis Public Schools Gifted Department will begin utilizing the updated selection criteria to identify students eligible for gifted services beginning school year 2023-2024. 


    The gifted identification criteria is aligned to local norms and adheres to guidelines outlined in the MO DESE Gifted Program Guidelines, to ensure fair and equitable access to gifted instruction for all students in St. Louis Public Schools.