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Reassessment and Appeals

Rockwood elementary students are screened yearly in Grades 1-12 and have the opportunity to receive individualized assessments if they have not received a cognitive ability assessment (IQ) within the last two years. To see when your child is eligible to be tested, please see this table. Students may be given a maximum of two IQ assessments in grades 1-12. If students receive an IQ assessment in kindergarten, this assessment will not count towards the two IQ assessments available in grades 1-12.

There is a research-based answer on why the Rockwood Gifted Program waits a minimum of two years between cognitive ability assessments. IQ scores can shift at earlier ages. After the age of 8-9, IQ becomes more consistent. By waiting two years between assessments in grades 1- 12, it ensures that a child will not be given both of their IQ assessments before the age where IQ becomes more consistent.

Appeal Process

If a parent feels there was an extenuating, documented reason that may have invalidated your child's IQ testing, please see the Appeals Process page for more information. Please note that an appeal must be filed within 30 days of the receipt of the results letter. The Rockwood Gifted Program may consider an appeal if one of the following conditions exists:

  1. An error was discovered in the original paperwork submitted to the RGP.
  2. New information is available that would be relevant to the RGP identification process.
  3. There is believed to be a circumstance or condition that would invalidate initial testing results.

Steps in the Appeal Process

  1. Contact the psychometrist who conducted the initial testing of your student. The psychometrist will review the testing circumstances and scores with you. The psychometrist's contact information can be found in the decision letter you received.
  2. After the discussion with the psychometrist, if you wish to proceed with an appeal, please complete the RGP Identification Appeal Form. Submit the completed form to the RGP Identification Office at the address located on the Appeal Form. Appeal forms must be received within 30 days of the date listed on the RGP decision letter. Only a parent or guardian may submit an appeal for identification.
    Rockwood Gifted Program Identification Appeal Form (PDF)
  3. Submit the completed form to the RGP Identification Office at the address located on the RGP Identification Appeal Form. Appeal forms must be received within 30 days of the date listed on the RGP decision letter. Only a parent or guardian may submit an appeal for identification.
  4. Information submitted on the RGP Identification Appeal Form will be reviewed by an appeals committee composed of the Rockwood Gifted Program Director, CCL Assistant Principal, RGP counselors, and psychometrists. The appeals committee will meet to review the information provided with the RGP Identification Appeal Form.
  5. After reviewing the application, the Appeals Committee may choose to request an early re-assessment. If the Appeals Committee determines that an early re-assessment is needed, the minimum timeframe is 1 calendar year from the last assessment.
  6. Parents or guardians will receive written notice of the decision for the Appeals Committee within 10 days of the decision meeting. Decisions are not released by phone, fax, email, or in person. All decisions made by the Appeals Committee are final.