Information about Douglas County gifted and talented programs
Gifted and Talented Definition from Douglas County School District
Douglas County gifted and talented students are those students between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted students include students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:
- General or Specific Intellectual Ability
- Specific Academic Aptitude
- Creative or Productive Thinking
- Leadership Abilities
- Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical or Psychomotor Abilities
Douglas County gifted and talented Identification
SkyView Academy follows Colorado state-mandated policies for identifying gifted and talented students. Identification is based on many components including:
- Student Aptitude
- Student Achievement
- Student Performance
- Student Interest
- Observable Behaviors (classroom, home, and community)
ALP’s and Programming for Douglas County gifted and talented
Once a student is identified, an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be created. Teachers, students, and parents will collaborate along with the GT facilitator, to develop a written plan to meet the student’s identified needs. The ALP will formalize the differentiation that the classroom teachers provide for the student in their identified area(s) as well as affective (social/emotional) needs within the classroom.
The classroom teachers and the GT facilitator will work with students on their goals through a variety of options during the school day. Some strategies we may use to meet the needs of our students are flexible grouping in reading, writing and math, differentiated instruction, curriculum compacting, content acceleration, tiered assignments, and independent study.
Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)- Universal Screening
Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
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 weeks of February 8-March 5. 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, or 4 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. (Spanish Referral Form) Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.
5th 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.
Testing Schedule for eLearning families:
Families have the following 3 options:
- Students may test in person at their school of enrollment during the testing window and normal school hours.
- Students may test at a central district location during the second semester.
- Parents/guardians may opt their child out of testing at this time. OPT OUT FORM
Please complete THIS SURVEY: Universal Screening_Spring 2021_eLearning no later than Jan. 27, 2021 to indicate your preference for testing.
If you select option #1, you will receive a separate email from SVA with available testing dates and times.
Please see the following for additional information linked below:
2020 – 2021 Spring CogAT UNIVERSAL Screening Letter
DCSD Gifted Education News
Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented (DCAGT)
Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT)
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – Office of Gifted Education
Douglas County School District (DCSD) – Gifted Programming
DCSD – Gifted Education News
Hoagies’ Gifted Education page
NAGC’s Book Recommendations
www.byrdseed.com (Ian Byrd)
www.giftedguru.com (Lisa Van Gemert)
Talking with your Child about Giftedness
CAGT Family Institute 2020
(303) 471-8439 ext 256
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