The CASA Criteria for Program Evaluation in Gifted Education

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The CASA Criteria for Program Evaluation in Gifted EducationScott J. Peters, Lindsay Lee, Tamra Stambaugh, Matthew C. Makel, Matthew McBee, & D. Betsy McCoach

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 206

Due to variation in definitions of giftedness, districts’ purposes and goals, and service options, it can be difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of different gifted and talented identification systems. In this session, we introduce and discuss how the CASA criteria (Cost, Alignment, Sensitivity, and Access) can be used as a framework to evaluate identification systems for any gifted/talented service. We believe these criteria facilitate more productive conversations over identification, continued growth, and improvement for the field as a whole. After a review of the CASA criteria, we will discuss interactions among criteria and implications for usage and evaluation. Examples of how CASA can be used to evaluate district identification practices will be shared.