Gifted Education Programming

Academics - Gifted Education Program

 Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Universal Screening
As part of the Douglas County School District's Universal Screening Process, ALL students in Grade 3 and Grade 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of September 9th - 13th.  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 content through early childhood, are influenced by experience gained both in and out of shoo.  If your child is in 3rd or 5th grade please see detailed information about this assessment here: Universal Screening Information.

Gifted Identification Referral Testing If your child is in Grade 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. Referral Testing Information.

Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE.

Gifted Education Program
What is Gifted Education? If a student is identified as Gifted, they may go to their neighborhood school (Northeast) or apply for the Discovery Program that is located at another school. The Discovery Program is designed for students whose needs require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school program. All students in Douglas County are given the CogAT, Cognitive Abilities Test, in 3rd & 5th grade (unless the school has 6th grade) as a universal screen for early intervention. If there is a need for a student to take the CogAT in another grade due to teacher recommendation or parent request, that is possible at grades 1, 2, & 4. Testing at these levels is solely for the purpose of possible Gifted identification.

What is an ALP?
An ALP is an Advanced Learning Plan. All students that are identified as Gifted have an ALP whether they go to their neighborhood school (Northeast) or a Discovery School. The decision to create an ALP comes from an identification process that looks at a body of evidence that includes many data points, such as the CogAT, classroom work/assessments, other standardized measures, input from classroom teacher, parent(s), and student.

What does Gifted programming look like at Northeast?
At Northeast, we create ALP plans for students that have gone through a gifted identification process and qualify.  The ALP is written with the Gifted Education Coordinator (Lara Bennett) in collaboration with classroom teachers, students and parents.  The ALP formalizes the differentiation that the classroom teacher does for the students in their identified area(s) as well as affective needs. 

Northeast, we value and support the depth and complexity of knowledge, not just what grade level a concept may be. Gifted students are put into Cluster Groups with other gifted students for peer connections. Each grade level has a classroom/classrooms in which students are clustered. All students in our building read and write at their highest independent level. Sometimes additional grouping is needed in the area of mathematics. Some strategies that we use to meet needs at our building are: Flexible Grouping in reading and math, Content Acceleration, Independent Study, Curriculum Compacting, and Blended Learning. Gifted students also meet with the Gifted Education Facilitator to develop goals and skills to work on in the classroom.

What will this look like at Sagewood Middle School?
Sagewood has many options for different levels of learning. Teachers will recommend based on their knowledge of the student and the choices that are offered. Parent and student input is taken as well.

What is the role of the Gifted Education Coordinator?
The role of the Gifted Education Coordinator is to coordinate the identification process as well as support in writing the ALP. If a parent is interested in applying for the Discovery Program, the coordinator can help with that process as well. The coordinator also collaborates with teachers in writing the goals, gathering support materials, analyzing data and adjusting plans as needed.