Grades 1 - 4 Identification

Students in grades 1-4 may be assessed for Gifted Education at the request of a teacher or parent. If not previously taken, the initial step is administration of the CogAT 7  Cognitive Abilities Test.This assessment is comprised of three different batteries: Verbal, Quantitative and Non-verbal. Each of these batteries has 3 sub-tests so students are assessed in 9 unique ways of thinking and processing. Depending on the CogAT score, more information may need to be gathered in the areas of performance, classroom achievement, and behavior characteristics. This portfolio of information may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Test scores (STAR and MCA)

  • Report cards

  • Reading level

  • Teacher checklist (Scales for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students, or SRBCSS)

  • Parent questionnaire

  • Classroom performance

Portfolio Review:

Names are removed from the portfolio contents; only a student identification number is used during the review process. Each portfolio is reviewed by a team to determine identification for gifted and talented education. If identified, the committee also determines the appropriate level of programming for that student. Parents are notified regarding this decision and provided information concerning future action.


Levels of Programming

  • An invitation to attend AGATE Academy (Area Gifted and Talented Education), our School-within-a-School Program (Currently housed at Lowell Elementary).

  • Building level programming in math, reading, or both subjects (Currently in development).

  • Differentiation in the regular-education classroom.


Elementary Appeals Process

At the request of a parent or guardian, the following appeals process will begin. The costs of assessments administered during the appeals process are the family's responsibility.

  1. A school psychologist will administer the Woodcock-Johnson.*

  2. Scoring in the 95th percentile on the Woodcock-Johnson will qualify a child for a portfolio review.

  3. Members from the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee will review the portfolio and make a final decision.

Requests should be sent to Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher.

* The cost of the Woodcock-Johnson assessment is $150.