What is the policy for a student who transfers in from a different District?
If a student who has been placed in a gifted program in their previous school transfers to Ozark R-VI School District, paperwork including test instruments utilized as well as placement process from previous District should be submitted to the child's building counselor for review (please click here for a list of building counselors).
If a comparable individual cognitive test was utilized previously and the student's score meets the criteria for placement in the Ozark R-VI School District gifted program this student will be placed without any additional testing. If the full scale IQ score falls below placement criteria, the student will not be placed in the gifted program at that time, however, can be referred at the end of the school year for screening.
If an individualized test was not utilized for placement, the student will be retested. In this case a student will be tested out of the normal assessment cycle and could potentially qualify for placement midyear. Individual measures must be comprehensive and not a brief form.
If a student was in the process of referral in their previous District, they can be referred for screening. If they qualify to be assessed, the testing will occur during the normal assessment cycle (end of school year).
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your child's building counselor or the Special Services Department at (417)582-5957.
What testing assessment is used to find a student's IQ?
Ozark R-VI Schools primarily uses the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children - 5th Edition (WISC-V). At times circumstances require an alternative individual assessment, such as the Stanford Binet - Fifth Edition (SB5).
What is used for the screening process?
There are multiple items used for the screening process, including, but not limited to the following:
Qualifying score in a nationally normed achievement test
Student portfolio work
How can I make a referral for a student?
A referral can be made to the building counselor where the student attends school. Referrals are not reviewed until the spring of the current school year.
A referral can be made by completing this referral form.
Who can make a referral?
Anyone can make a referral for a student! The most common referrals are; classroom teachers, counselors, parents and/or outside agencies such as private schools.
Referral cutoff for the 2023-2024 school year is April 14, 2023. All referrals made after this date will be rolled into next year's testing cycle.
When does the referral process for the Gifted program start?
The referral process starts in the spring semester of the current school year for the placement for the next school year.