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    Hellgate Elementary School District No.4

    INSTRUCTION

    Gifted Program

    To the extent possible with available resources, all gifted and talented students will have the opportunity to participate in appropriate educational programs. Gifted and talented students are students of outstanding abilities, who are capable of high performance and who require differentiated educational programs beyond those normally offered in public schools, in order to fully achieve their potentials.

     

    The Board authorizes the Superintendent to provide a gifted and talented program which may include:

    1. Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills;
    2. Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence, and responsibility;
    3. Development of positive attitudes toward self and others; and
    4. Development of originality and creativity.

     

    The Superintendent will establish procedures consistent with state guidelines for nominating, assessing, and selecting children of demonstrated achievement, or potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability and academic aptitude.

    HELLGATE ELEMENTARY GIFTED/TALENTED SCREENING SYSTEM

    Data points utilized for potential gifted identification

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) – [Given to 2nd grade students (spring) & 5th grade students (fall)]

    A score of 95% or higher any of the 4 categories of the CogAt – Verbal, Quantitative, Nonverbal, Composite-

     

    II.NWEA Gifted Classification (if available)

    A score of 95% or higher in either of the 2 Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) categories Reading and/or Mathematics.

     

    III. Teacher Rating Scales

    Teacher rating scales will be collected for any student who takes the full CogAT assessment and scores 95% or higher in any of the 4 categories, but does not meet MAP criteria for being identified. In addition teachers may complete a rating scale for any student they would like to be considered for gifted identification.

     

    GIFTED IDENTIFICATION PROCESS:

    Screening:

    The CogAt test is given in stages.

    Stage I-All students in 2nd and 5th grade take the shorter CogAt screener.

    Stage II-If a student scores:

    90 or above in any single category of the screener

    Or

    80-89 on any single category of the screener plus has a single MAP score of 95% or higher

    Or

    Has 2 MAP scores of 95% or higher

     

    Those students will take the full version of the CogAt test.

     

    Teacher Rating scales

    Teacher rating scales will be collected for any student who takes the full CogAT assessment and scores 95% or higher in any of the 4 categories. In addition teachers may complete a rating scale for any student they would like to be considered for gifted identification.

     

     

    Identification:

    Any student scoring a 95% or greater in at least one of the four CogAt categories listed above AND  scoring 95% or greater on more than one MAP test AND scoring  in the gifted range in the academic category with the Teacher Inventory of Learning Skills will meet Hellgate Elementary criteria for being identified as a gifted student.

     

    A teacher or parent may request individual screening for a student not identified by test scores. Screening for an individual student would include a review of current educational data available and teacher rating scales conducted by the gifted identification committee. The gifted identification committee could recommend the use of either the full CogAT or WISC V intelligence testing instrument as a final determination for identification. The score necessary to be identified gifted using the WISC V would be the same as listed below for a transfer student.

     

    Should a child transfer into Hellgate Elementary having been tested with the intelligence testing instrument WISC V will be consider to have met the criteria as a gifted child if the child has obtained a Full Scale Score of 2 Standard Deviations or more above the mean IQ score [Mean (Average) = 100; 2SD+(Standard Deviations) = 130+]. A student may qualify with the 130+ score on either the Verbal Comprehension Index and/or the Perceptual Reasoning Index or a 124+ score on the Full Scale IQ Score.

     

    Screening Tools and Process: Sequential in Nature

    Step I: Review of Test Assessment Results (i.e., CogAt Scores, NWEA Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) Scores.)

     

    Step II: Scoring and Review Teacher Rating scale

     

    Step III: Gifted Committee Determination

     

    Step IV:  Parent notification