Gifted and Talented


Meadow View Gifted & Talented Facilitator: Tonja Peacock

303- 387-5444

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.

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 2nd Grade Universal Screening

Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, we are making improvements to our Universal Screening process.  Beginning the spring of 2020, DCSD will transition from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version. The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Language options for the Spring 2020 Testing Window are in process.) In addition, we are changing our Universal Screening grade from 3rd grade to 2nd grade as recommended by state and national guidance. 


As part of this process, ALL students in Grade 2 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 8) during the weeks of February 10-28. 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 in 2nd grade and took the CogAT in September of 2019, you have the option to opt your child out of this testing window. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

DCSD will NOT have a second Referral Testing Window this school year (2019 - 2020). The next testing window will be in the fall of the 2020 - 2021 school year. 

If your child is in a grade other than 2nd,  and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE

NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment. 

Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will be connect with you to discuss next steps in the process.

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.


DCSD Gifted





CDE - Gifted