Gifted and Talented

Gifted

Meadow View Gifted & Talented Facilitator: Tonja Peacock

303- 387-5444 Tonja.Peacock@dcsdk12.org

Please call or email with any questions.

Gifted Programming is designed to meet the academic, social/ emotional, and behavioral needs of students identified with advanced learning needs. Meadow View students identified as Gifted are in the regular classroom full time, and an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is created by the teacher, student and parent and is tracked and documented throughout the year.


 

Dear Parents/Guardians,


As part of the DCSD Universal Screening process and our commitment to equitable identification for gifted programming, DCSD will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) during the weeks of Feb. 8 - March 5, 2021. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. Please see below for specific information based on your child’s current grade. 


2nd Grade Universal Screen

  • As part of this process, ALL students in 2nd grade who have not been identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of February 8th. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates.  These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  
  • If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with more detailed information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing

  • If your child is in grades K, 1, 3, 4 or 5 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.  
  • NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification.
  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE
  • Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

6th Grade Universal Screen from November 2020 -  Makeups

  • Students who were not able to take the test in November will take the CogAT during this February window
  • Students who started the CogAT but were not able to finish will have the chance to take the portion(s) that was not completed during this February window. 

eLearners 

Families with students currently enrolled in eLearning will receive detailed information about their CogAT testing options and logistics directly from the DCSD District Team/eLearning Administration.  If you do not receive this information by Jan 22, 2021, please contact the DCSD Gifted Education Team at: gifted.education@dcsdk12.org  


Please see the following for additional information linked below:

2020 - 2021 Spring CogAT UNIVERSAL Screening Letter


 

Meadow View provides for gifted/high-ability learners through the implementation of some or all of the following strategies:

  • Differentiated instruction

  • Tiered assignments

  • Flexible grouping

  • Independent study

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Social/Emotional support

Each year in late August/early September, Douglas County does universal testing in grades 3 and 6. This is the only time of the year that this testing occurs. The test that is used in our universal screen is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT consists of three batteries of testing: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal. Any students scoring at or above the 95th percentile on any of the CogAT batteries are referred for further data gathering and review to determine if a GT identification is warranted. Students can qualify for Gifted and Talented programming without a CogAT score; other qualifying data will be considered.

If a student is in grades 1, 2, 4 or 5, they can be referred for CogAT testing during the same testing window as our universal test. Referrals may be made by parents or teachers. The same criteria for qualification is in place for these students. Please click HERE to access the referral form to refer a student for testing or GT consideration. 

To qualify for GT programming and to determine areas of strength, a variety of data is reviewed. This can include aptitude data, achievement data, classroom performance/portfolios, teacher surveys, parent surveys, and student surveys.

Below are helpful links to more information about Gifted and Talented programming and resources for teachers, parents and students.

Resources:

DCSD Gifted

CAGT

NAGC

DCAGT

SENG

CDE - Gifted