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.



Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 6th Grade Universal Screening


Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made  improvements to our Universal Screening process.  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned 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: Additional language options are in process.)

 

As part of this process, ALL students in 6th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 9th & November 16th  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 information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grades (5th or 6th) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.  

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  


If your child is in a grade other than 5th or 6th 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 connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification 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.

Resources:

DCSD Gifted

CAGT

NAGC

DCAGT

SENG

CDE - Gifted