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Parent Nominations

Parent nomination is a practice that provides opportunity for parents to recommend evaluation of their child for possible inclusion into gifted programs and solicits information about a child's potential need for gifted education. Gifted children often require educational services beyond those that can be provided within the regular classroom; however, to receive special services, these children must first be recognized as having special needs. Not all gifted students are identified through traditional means. This entry discusses the varieties of parent nomination methods and the benefits of, and concerns about, parents' input into identification of gifted students.

Many schools use a multistep, multiple measures approach for selecting students for gifted programs. Current practices generally employ a combination of objective and subjective assessments to identify high-ability students, ...

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