Gifted and Talented/Interventions

Gifted and Talented

Important GT Information
Starting September 3rd and ending September 24th, students in grades 3 and 5 will take the "universal screening" of the Cognitive Abilities Test which is one piece of a body of evidence which can be used to determine gifted programming. Students in grades 1, 2, and 4 have the option to undergo what is called "referral testing." These referrals may come from a classroom teacher or parents.

If you are interested in having your student(s) tested, please fill out this link by Friday, August 16th. If you have any questions about the testing process please contact Amy Corr, Assistant Principal and LPE's GT Coordinator at 303-387-8725 or amy.corr@dcsdk12.org. 

Within any school district there are many ways to serve gifted and talented students. At Legacy Point, our belief is that students are better served through integration with like peers using a cluster model approach. Research shows this model to be most effective in meeting the needs of students. Our GT Facilitator collaborates with classroom teachers to extend the content for identified gifted learners. Contact Amy Corr, Gifted and Talented Facilitator, at amy.corr@dcsdk12.org if you have further questions.

Cluster Model Benefits
CDE Cluster Grouping  Information Link
LPE Universal Screening/Referral for Gifted ID Communication Link


District Resources

DCSD Gifted
- Douglas County School District website

CAGT - Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented

NAGC - National Association for Gifted Children

DCAGT - Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented

SENG - Supporting Emotional Needs of the the Gifted

CDE - Gifted - Colorado Department of Education (Office of Gifted Education)

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - 2nd Grade Universal Screening


Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, we are making improvements to our Universal Screening process.  Beginning the spring of 2020, DCSD will transition from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version. The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English. (NOTE: Language options for the Spring 2020 Testing Window are in process.) In addition, we are changing our Universal Screening grade from 3rd grade to 2nd grade as recommended by state and national guidance. 

 

As part of this process, ALL students in Grade 2 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 8) the week of February 10, 2020.   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 continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child is in 2nd grade and took the CogAT in September of 2019, you have the option to opt your child out of this testing window. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing 

DCSD will NOT have a second Referral Testing Window this school year (2019 - 2020). The next testing window will be in the fall of the 2020 - 2021 school year. 


If your child is in a grade other than 2nd,  and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked HERE


NOTE:  Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment. 


Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will be connect with you to discuss next steps in the process.


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