If your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch program at school and/or has limited English proficiency (ELL), then a minimum IQ score of 112 is necessary to qualify for gifted. Ethnicity is not considered as mandatory to take into consideration anymore.
Please speak with your child's school department for more information regarding how to qualify for free/reduced lunch (usually it is done by completing a form at the beginning of every school year). As well as if your child qualifies for ESOL or ELL and the acceptance of a lower IQ score for consideration for gifted placement.
According to the Miami Dade County School Board, a student who may qualify for this program and is new to the school, must first register for regular placement classes. The student will be observed by the teacher for approximately nine weeks before a request can be made for a gifted evaluation. The teacher must complete the Gifted Checklist and the school psychologist assigned to the school will evaluate if the child's IQ meets criteria for gifted placement.
Therefore, according to the Miami Dade County School Board, it does not make sense for a private evaluation to be done for a child who meets criteria for Plan B BEFORE having spent the approximate 9 weeks in a regular classroom setting and have been evaluated by the school psychologist if the belief is that the child has an IQ of 112 or above but does not meet the IQ of 130. According to the Board, a private evaluation will not speed up the process for a child to be considered for gifted placement based on an IQ score of 112.
If the student's IQ is believed to be within the gifted range of 130 and above, a private evaluation will speed up the process because the child will have met general requirements for gifted placement. If you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact me at (786) 383-4942.
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