I need some guidance on gifted programs. My school (where my kids attend) has never had a particularly stellar gifted program, it was just kinda there. My daughter has qualified based on TNova scores for the past 3 years. This year, they changed the testing criteria and are now basing participation on maps scores. They had a meeting today in which they gave each child their scores on a sheet of paper, with either a Yes or a No circled-whether or not they will be in the program this year. My child had NO circled. She was devastated. I am in NO WAY saying that she should be grandfathered in to a program she is not qualified for. But my questions are: 1) why was this not a parent notification? What is the goal in announcing this to a room full of kids? 2) how is it that test scores show my kid qualified for 3 years, and suddenly not? 3) what are other schools doing to qualify students for gifted programs? I guess I'm pretty bitter, if you can't tell. The program doesn't do a lot of activities, but what they did do, my daughter always participated in to the fullest extent. She is very creative and intelligent, not a good tester. The school used to have a parent nomination method, but I also don't want to be THAT parent. I'm frustrated. And mama-bearing my daughter. Help me through this...and be honest. If I need to lay off, tell me.