Poudre School District

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Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

There will be new criteria for gifted identification of students in grades 3-12 starting in August 2013.  Please see attached overview for more information.

New Criteria for Gifted Identification

Referral Window for 2013-2014

  • For Kindergarten and 1st Grade, referrals can be made at any time from the 3rd Monday in September through the 2nd Friday in March.

  • For 2nd grade, referrals can be made any time from the 3rd Monday in September through the second Friday in November of the same school year.  Referrals are made through the GT Site Coordinator at your child's school.

     

Are you new to PSD?

View this document for information about transfer students and gifted identification.

Identification for Students New to PSD

Identification:

The identification process in Poudre School District uses a “body of evidence” for students being considered for gifted education services.

The Body of Evidence consists of the following categories:

Body of Evidence for Gifted Identification

Achievement Scores:

  • CSAP or TCAP
  • MAP
  • Explore (Middle School)

Intellectual Ability Scores:

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
  • Torrance Test of
    Creative Thinking

Behavior Characteristics:

  • Scales for Identifying
    Gifted and Talented (SIGS)

Performance:

  • Portfolios (pre-determined criteria)
  • Grades in accelerated course
  • Performance Tasks as
    determined by GT Site Coordinator

*Achievement and Intellectual Ability/Aptitude are the areas in which the district screens students, and all students have assessment scores in these two areas. Not all students will have scores in Behavior Characteristics or Demonstrated Performance as these areas are addressed only if screening scores are not representative a student’s abilities.

Criteria until May 2013:

In order to qualify for gifted education services, the student needs at least two qualifying indicators that span two different areas of the body of evidence.  Qualifying indicators include scores in the 95th percentile or higher, top third of advanced on TCAP, or a predetermined score on a qualitative assessment.  For example, a student may have one qualifying indicator in the area of achievement and one qualifying indicator in the area of intellectual ability/aptitude. “Behavior Characteristics” can only be used if a student has a qualifying indicator and a borderline indicator in the areas of “Achievement” and “Intellectual Ability/Aptitude.”  It is at the discretion of the school whether or not to use the SIGS for identification purposes as there are other more informative qualitative measures for gifted identification purposes.

*There will be new criteria for students in grades 3-12 for the 2013-2014 school year. Please see attached letter at the top of the page for more information.

*The criteria for K-2 identification differs from the criteria and process described on this page. A screening process and a cognitive assessment (if needed) must demonstrate scores in the 98th percentile or higher.  For more information about K-2 gifted identification, contact your school's GT Site Coordinator.  

Referral Window for 2012-2013:

  • For Kindergarten and 1st Grade, referrals can be made at any time from the 2nd Monday in September through the 2nd Friday in March.

  • For 2nd grade, referrals can be made any time from the 2nd Monday in September through the second Friday in November of the same school year.  Referrals are made through the GT Site Coordinator at your child's school.

Screening Process for 2013-2014:

1. All 2nd graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test in April, 2013.

2. MAP and CogAT scores will be reviewed before August, 2013.

3.  Identification decisions will be communicated to parents in Fall, 2013.

*Students new to Poudre School District with indicators of gifted potential will have an opportunity to take the Cognitive Abilities Test.

 

Referral Process for 2013-2014:

Teachers, parents, and students can refer students for gifted identification consideration. Referrals can be made at any time between the 3rd Monday in September and the 2nd Friday in March (with the exception of 2nd grade - see above). Contact the school's GT Site Coordinator for a referral form or more information about the referral process.  We ask for 4-6 weeks to make a determination after a student is referred.  Some assessments are only given at certain times during the year.
 

Common reasons for referral:

  • Student has not had all the assessments through the screening.

  • Student is new to district and previous scores do not meet PSD critieria for gifted identification.

Leadership, Visual Arts, and Music Identification Process

*Gifted identification in leadership, visual arts, and music rely on teacher, parent, and student referrals. Once a student is referred, a body of evidence is reviewed and a team of teachers will make a decision about identification. 

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS:

Step 1: Contact the GT Site Coordinator at your child's school

Step 2: If a decision can not be made at the school level, the GT Site Coordinator will refer the student's case to the GT District Identification Team The GT District Identification Team meets twice monthly (elementary) and as needed (secondary).

Step 3: The GT District Identification Team will make a recommendation for the school. Communicationregarding a decision will be made to the referring party either in person or in writing.