TASD is now taking referrals for students in grades 2 - 11 who would like to be evaluated for possible placement in the 2020-2021 classes for gifted and talented students.
A parent wishing to refer a student must fill out the survey below. Deadline for referrals May 15, 2020 .

For further information contact the Department of Gifted Education at 870-772-3371.

ADE Program Standard 7.00- IDENTIFICATION


The purpose of careful and comprehensive identification procedures is to find and serve as many students as possible who need special programs to develop their exceptional abilities. It is important to identify students with potential for outstanding achievement. The emphasis in identification should be on student need for qualitatively differentiated educational services beyond what is provided through the classroom curriculum.


  • First students are referred by teachers, parents, community members or students. Referral does not mean students are placed in the program; it is the beginning of the process.
  • Next we test. We use objective and subjective methods of testing such as standardized achievement tests, a creativity test, and rating scales.
  • Each referred student is assigned a number, and a profile sheet is created including anecdotal data. 
  • An identification committee meets and views the information. No student names are revealed. Members of the committee place students whose scores reflect a need for qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and services. 
  • After all identification procedures are followed, names may be revealed. Letters are sent requesting permission to place students in the program.


Our identification procedures are monitored and approved by the Arkansas' Department of Gifted and Talented Education.

Paper Form-
 2019-20 Referral form.pdf
Electronic Form- 2019-20 TASD GT Referral Form
Characteristics of Gifted Learners: Bright vs. gifted .pdf
Parent letter to referred students.pdf
ADE Equitable Identification