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Self-Audit & Reflection Tool

The Self-Audit & Reflection Tool, developed by retired Heartland AEA consultants Mary Schmidt and Linda Moehring, is a self-study opportunity aligned with Chapter 12 of the Iowa Administrative Code and best practices in gifted education. It is adapted with permission from a program evaluation rubric originally developed by Karen Garvin, and is influenced by the National Association for Gifted Children Program Standards and the book Designing Services and Programs for High Ability Learners edited by Jeanne Purcell and Rebecca Ekert (NAGC/Corwin Press, 2006).

The tool may be effectively used by schools outside the state of Iowa by substituting any references to Iowa law with the requirements set forth by the state in which the school is located or by removing them entirely if they are not applicable.

The tool is comprised of the list of attachments below which districts/schools may complete for assessment purposes. Find Technical Tips (PDF) on how to most effectively use this tool.

Directions and Team List (PDF)

Identification of Students (PDF)

Goals and Performance Measures (PDF)


■ Differentiated Program (PDF)

Staff Qualifications (PDF)


Budget (PDF)

In-Service Design (PDF)

Review and Evaluation (PDF)

Additional Quality Indicators of Best Practice (PDF)

The creators request that this tool be used as is and not be reproduced as a Google doc for completion and distribution to a wide audience within a school. It is intended to be completed by those who have a solid knowledge of gifted children and the research-supported practices and strategies that best meet their needs.

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