Identification Process

A comprehensive identification process for identifying students for gifted and/or talented services includes multiple assessments:

  • Screener Assessments
  • Ability Assessments
  • Achievement Assessments
  • Performance classroom assessments 
  • Parent Observation 
  • Teacher Observation
  Assessment Schedule, Types, and Purpose  
 
 Assessments 


Grade
Levels 


Use of 
Assessment Data


 Frequency of
Assessment and/or
Assessment Dates 

 Ways Results May
Be Shared with
Parents/Guardians 
 
Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) 

Available in both English and Spanish 
K-12 This assessment is designed to measure students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most  linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. It should only be used in cases where more diagnostic information is needed to best serve the student’s needs.
As needed or as requested by Learning Support Team
New Referrals:
October 1-12, 2018
January 14-25, 2019
April 29- May 10, 2019

Talent Development:
November 26- December 5, 2018
May 13-24, 2019
  • Learning Support Team meeting
  • Phone
  • U.S. Mail
  • School Messenger (phone message) 
Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) Screener

Available in both English and Spanish
Grade 2 District screener for Gifted and Talented Once for second graders district-wide

October 29- November 13, 2018
 
  • U.S. Mail
  • School Messenger (phone message)
Curriculum assessments; grade-level/content area classroom common assessments  PK-12 Teachers analyze student performance on these assessments to determine needed instruction in relation to the district’s identified essential learning targets.   Dependent upon number and type of assessments  
  • Report Card
  • Parent/ Teacher Conference
  • Teacher Home Communications 
Leveled Reading Assessment  K-5 Data is used to determine individual reading levels in order to inform instruction.  Ongoing assessment
  • Report Card
  • Parent/ Teacher Conference
  • Teacher Home Communications
Words Their Way PK-6 Monitor student development in word study, spelling  Fall, winter, spring
  • Parent/ Teacher Conference
  • Teacher Home Communications 
On-Demand Writing
Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing 
K-6 Generative writing skills over multiple genres  Fall, winter, spring
  • Parent/ Teacher Conference
  • Teacher Home Communications
Add+Vantage Math Recovery  K-6 Data is used to assess students’ proficiency in mathematical standards and to plan instruction   Winter and spring
  •  Parent/ Teacher Conference
  • Teacher Home Communications
Wisconsin Forward Exam
Math, Reading, Language Arts
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Data is used to determine if the student is proficient in the identified grade level standards. 
Item analysis of student performance is used to inform instruction and ensure curriculum alignment to state standards. 
Once annually in the spring
  • U.S. Mail
STAR K-12 Early Literacy, Reading and Mathematics
Fall, winter, and spring
  • Parent/ Teacher Conference
  • Teacher Home Communications
ACT Secondary State-required assessment Statewide in spring for juniors; students may opt to register for the test at additional times 
  • Parent Portal
ACT Aspire Grades 9 & 10 State-required assessment Once annually in the spring
  • Parent Portal


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