Identification Appeals Process

The Francis Howell Gifted Department may consider an appeal if one of the following conditions exists:

1. There is new information that was not available at the time of the initial referral.

2. Original referral form did not reveal English as a second language at time of original screening/testing.

3. There is a circumstance or condition that was not shared that affected the initial screening/testing results.

Steps in the Appeals Process:

  1. Contact the Gifted Education Specialist (GES) at your child’s school to discuss the screening and testing scores with you. The GES may include the FHSD psychological examiner who conducted the testing in this discussion.
  2. After the screening/testing discussion, a parent or guardian may choose to proceed with an appeal or not. If the decision is to continue the appeals process, the parent or guardian completes the FHSD Gifted Program Identification Appeal Form. Send the form to the Director of Alternative Learning, Dr. Will Vanderpool. Only a parent or guardian may submit an appeal form.
  3. After reviewing the application, the Director of Alternative Learning may choose to request additional assessment data or will make the decision based on existing information. Once all data has been collected a final decision will be determined.
  4. Parents or guardians will receive written notice of the decision. This written notice will be mailed to the home address or sent to a parent provided email address. Decisions are not released by phone, fax, or in person. All decisions by the Director of Alternative Learning are final.
  5. Students who did not meet the qualifications for gifted programming may be referred again if they meet the retesting guidelines (see “Steps in the Referral Process”.)

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