Student Identification

Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5007

Kristine Patterson

Director of ELL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007

District-Wide Identification

District 34 identifies students for gifted programming in third and sixth grade, yet initiation of the identification procedures begin in the spring for all second and fifth grade students.
 

Individual Student Identification

If a student transfers into District 34, he/she will be considered for gifted programming after the completion of the Fall NWEA MAP Testing, regardless of their grade level. If he/she should meet the minimum criteria for their NWEA MAP scores, parents and prior teachers will be contacted to obtain more information on past schooling experiences as well as to fill out parent and teacher input forms.
 

Gifted Identification Process


Third Grade Identification Process

Screening Process:

In the spring of second grade, the identification process for the Reading/Language Arts Gifted Program for third grade begins. This screening process includes the collection of data from the CogAT ability assessment, NWEA MAP achievement assessment, and parent and teacher input.

In the spring of a child's second grade year, all students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT is an aptitude assessment which measures children's learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. A composite score of a 120 is the minimum criteria for screening for the Gifted Program.

Second grade parents will receive a parent-input form in the mail in the spring to evaluate their child's creativity and motivation attributes. Teachers will also do the same, assessing the students' learning and communication habits.

In the fall of third grade, students will take the NWEA MAP assessment. Students who meet 3 of the 4 criteria for the screening process (see below) for the gifted programming will move onto the selection process. A letter will be sent home mid-September to parents explaining the selection process.

Screening Data:

Assessment - Minimum Criteria
CogAT - 120 SAS
NWEA Reading - 92nd Percentile
NWEA Language - 92nd Percentile
Parent/Teacher - 80th Percentile

Selection:

In the fall of third grade, selected students from the screening process will take three additional assessments to help determine placement into the Gifted Program; the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI), the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Reading Comprehension portion, and the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT).

The WASI will be given to students individually by a school psychologist. The WASI assessment typically takes 90 minutes to complete and needs to be given to students outside of the school day, and therefore a school psychologist will call to schedule this assessment with individual families. The ITBS and the TTCT are group-administered assessments that will be administered by the three intermediate Gifted Enrichment teachers during the school day. A writing sample will also be given to students during this time. These assessments typically will take around two hours to complete, and are completed in late October/early November.

To qualify for gifted programming, students must receive a score of at least 130 on the WASI as well as meet the minimum criteria for one or both the ITBS and the TTCT.

Selection Data:

Assessment - Minimum Criteria
WASI - 130 Full Scale
ITBS - 92nd Percentile
TTCT - 85th Percentile

In mid-December, a letter will be sent home to students eligible for the gifted program to notify parents of their placement. Parents of students who do not meet the minimum criteria will also be notified in writing. Third grade students who do qualify for the Reading/Language Arts Gifted Program will begin in late January or early February.

Sixth Grade Identification Process

Screening:

In the fall of fifth grade, the screening process for the Reading/Language Arts Gifted Program for sixth grade begins. The screening process includes data from the CogAT ability assessment, the NWEA MAP achievement assessment, and parent and teacher input.
All fifth grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Any student who has been in the district has taken this assessment in second grade as well. Fifth grade parents will receive a parent-input form in the mail in the spring to evaluate their child's creativity and motivation attributes. Teachers will also do the same, assessing the students' learning and communication habits.

In the spring, students will take the NWEA MAP assessment. Students who meet 3 of the 4 criteria for the screening process for gifted programming will move onto the selection process which will happen in late spring/early summer. A letter will be sent home to fifth grade parents explaining the selection process.

Screening Data:

Assessment - Minimum Criteria
CogAT - 120 SAS
NWEA Reading - 92nd Percentile
NWEA Language - 92nd Percentile
Parent/Teacher - 92th Percentile

Selection:

In late spring, selected students will take three additional assessments to determine placement into the Gifted Program; the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI), the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Reading/Comprehension portion, and the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT).

The WASI will be given to students individually by a school psychologist. The WASI assessment typically takes 90 minutes to complete and needs to be given to students outside of the school day, and therefore a school psychologist will call to schedule this assessment with individual families. The ITBS and the TTCT are group-administered assessments that will be administered by the three intermediate Gifted Enrichment teachers during the school day. A writing sample will also be given to students during this time. These assessments typically will take around two hours to complete, and are completed in spring of fifth grade.

To qualify for the Gifted Program, students must receive a score of at least 130 on the WASI as well as meet the minimum criteria for one or both the ITBS and the TTCT.

Selection Data:

Assessment - Minimum Criteria
WASI - 130 Full Scale
ITBS - 92nd Percentile
TTCT - 85th Percentile

In June, a letter will be sent home to students eligible for the gifted program to notify parents of their placement. Parents of students who do not meet the minimum criteria will also be notified in writing.

Students who qualify for the Reading/Language Arts Gifted Program during their fifth grade year will start gifted programming upon entrance into sixth grade.