Information about the Quest program

What is QUEST?

Questioning the
Universe through
Examining
Synthesizing
Tangents

 

McDuffie County School District endorses the philosophy that education is a means by which each individual has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.  We believe that all students have the right to educational experiences that challenge their individual level of development, whether it is below, at, or beyond the level of peers their age.  Special programs for gifted students are one outgrowth of this commitment.  Students in grades K-12 who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic, and/or creative abilities may be nominated for evaluation to determine eligibility to participate in the program for gifted and talented students, QUEST

 

 

The aim of the QUEST program is to assist eligible gifted students in reaching their potential through a challenging curriculum and differentiated instruction based on elaborate, complex, and in-depth studies of major themes, ideas, and problems. The instructional goals of QUEST are as follows:

  • To meet individual needs of gifted students with rich and rigorous curricula content and learning experiences;
  • To nurture critical and creative thinking and problem solving opportunities;
  • To encourage citizenship and leadership development;
  • To provide students with self-directed and small group learning opportunities that involve planning, interpreting, finding, evaluating, and using reference information and technology; and
  • To foster student communication of information, ideas, and solutions clearly and accurately.

How does my child get referred?

  • Reported Referral: Nominations can be made by classroom teachers, counselors, administrators, parent or guardian, peers, the student himself/herself, or any other responsible person who has knowledge of the student’s intellectual function. Nomination guidelines and appropriate forms are available from each school’s gifted specialist.
  • Automatic Referral: Students who score at specified levels on a norm referenced test or criterion referenced test will be considered. These automatic referrals will be made based on any one of the following criteria:
    • Students who have a composite score at or above the 80th percentile on an achievement test;
    • Students who have a component score at or above the 80th percentile in reading or math on a system wide achievement test;
    • Students who have a composite score at or above the 80th percentile or a component score at or above the 90th percentile on a mental ability test;
    • Students who score in the “distinguished” category of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System and or a state or local formative end-of-grade/course assessment.If you would like for your child to receive testing, please contact your child's teacher via email or myself leslies@mcduffie.k12.ga.us. Fall request deadline is September 13th. 
    • Fall testing window is October 14th- November 1st
    • Spring testing window is March 2nd -March 31st          Spring request deadline is February 7th.
What are the testing requirements?
Testing data will be collected in all four multiple criteria areas: achievement, mental ability, creativity, and motivation. A student can be deemed eligible for gifted services based on either Option A or Option B in accordance with Georgia Rule 160-4-2-.38 Education Program for Gifted Students. A student must meet the criteria on three out of the four test administered. 
 
Option A:
The student is declared eligible for gifted services based on mental ability and achievement scores which meet the following state criteria:
Grades K-2: 99th percentile composite or full scale and 90th percentile total reading, total math, or composite
Grades 3-12: 96th percentile composite or full scale and 90th percentile total reading, total math, or composite
 
Option B:
The student is declared eligible for gifted services based on multiple criteria assessment – meeting three of the four criteria of the following: mental ability, achievement, creativity, or motivation.
  1. Mental Ability. Students shall score at the 96th percentile or higher on a composite or full scale score or appropriate component score, as defined in the Georgia Department of Education Resource Manual for Gifted Education Services, on a standardized test of mental ability.
  2. Achievement. Students shall (a) score at the 90 the percentile or higher on the total battery, total math or total reading section(s) of a standardized achievement test; or (b) have produced a superior student-generated product or performance, where the superior performance is one that can be translated into a numerical score at the 90th percentile or higher on a scale of 1-100 as evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators.
  3. Creativity. Students shall (a) score at the 90th percentile or higher on the total battery score of a standardized test of creative thinking, or (b) receive a score at the 90th percentile or higher on a standardized creativity characteristics rating scale, or (c) receive from a panel of three or more qualified evaluators a score 90 or higher on a scale of 1-100 on a structured observation/evaluation of creative products and/or performances. 
  4. Motivation. Students shall receive a score at the 90th percentile or higher on a standardized motivational characteristics rating scale.
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