Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

      When and how are students identified for the HAL program?

            Identification takes place two times per year, using Fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and Winter MAP math, reading, and science                (if applicable) test scores. Two scores of at least 90% will result in automatic admission to the program. One score of at least 93% and a                        qualifying KBIT score will also result in admission to the program. 

      What is the KBIT?

            The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT) is a brief, individually administered measure of verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability.  

      Do students have to qualify for the program each year?

            No. Once a student has qualified for HAL, they remain in the program. It is not required that they qualify again.  

      Is there a definition of "gifted"?

            Yes. The current federal definition of gifted students was originally developed in the 1972 Marland Report to Congress, and has been                        modified several times since then. The current definition, which is located in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA), is:

            Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or                        leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order                to fully develop those capabilities.

What does the state of Nebraska require, when it comes to gifted education programs?

    The state of Nebraska requires all school districts to identify gifted students using specific criteria/methods determined at the local level,         but does not mandate that gifted students be served.