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Gifted Education Identification Process

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Gifted Education Identification Process
CCSD15 Palatine Illinois

What is CCSD15 Gifted Education Philosophy
To provide a program that addresses the needs of the top 5% of the total student population in the school district who are functioning at a level that requires an increase in the rigor of instruction that is both challenging and differentiated to meet their needs.
Six Areas Where You Will Find Giftedness in A Child
(National Society of Grifted and Talented)
Creative Thinking
General Intellectual Abilities
Specific Academic Ability
Visual/Performing Arts
When Does CCSD15 Start The Identification Process?
Criteria for entrance based on assessments.
What is a gifted and talented child?
"Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.”

U.S. Dept. of Education 1993
What Do I Look For In My Child?

Gifted students are often perfectionist and idealistic.
Gifted students may experience heightened sensitivity to their own expectations and those of others.
Gifted students are asynchronous.
Some gifted students are “mappers” (sequential learners), while others are “leapers” (spatial learners).
Gifted students may be so far ahead of their chronological age mates that they know half the curriculum before the school year begins!
Gifted children are problem solvers.
Gifted students often think abstractly and with such complexity that they may need help with concrete study and test-taking skills.
Gifted students who do well in school may define success as getting an “A” and failure as any grade less than an “A”.

How does my student qualify to be assessed for the program?
Students in second grade will begin the assessment if they have scored in the 85th percentile or higher on the Fall MAP test in either reading or math.

Students in fourth grade will begin the assessment if they have scored in the 85th percentile or higher on the Fall MAP test in either reading or math.
What is the assessment?
Students who meet the fall MAP criteria will be administered the CogAT test in February.
1. Students in second grade will begin to be assessed for the following school years placement.

2. Students in fourth grade will be assessed for the following school years placement.

3. All students new to the district in second through fifth grade will be assessed prior to the school year starting or during the school year they arrive.
What is the CogAT test?
A cognitive function test examines a person’s mental capabilities to solve arithmetic problems, identifying different patterns and the ability to understand and communicate. The results of this test provide a comprehensive assessment of a child/student’s ability to reason and his/her reaction to different challenges.
There are three areas tested. The verbal assessment, non-verbal assessment and the quantitative assessment.
Students Spring MAP percentile rank in reading and math are added to the three CogAT subset scores. (verbal, nonverbal and quantitative)
The total score for a student in second grade needs to be 480 or higher to be offered into the program for the start of third grade.
The total score for student in 4th grade needs to be 475 or higher to be offered the program entering fifth grade.
Students are given this test during the month of February
Adding these five scores.. (this is only an example)

Spring MAP Math Percentile Rank - 97
Spring MAP Reading Percentile Rank - 98
CogAT Verbal Percentile Rank - 99
CogAT Non-Verbal Percentile Rank - 98
CogAT Quantitative Percentile Rank - 99

Total = 491
Determining students who qualify for the program happen after the May MAP testing window closes.
Parents are notified by mail with a letter explaining the program and requiering parent permission to enter the program.
Parents are who accept the placement into the gifted program will attend a meeting where questions will be answered.
Where is the program?
The program is a CCSD15 progam and not specific to one school. Students are offered a spot in the program based on availability at one of schools that provides the program.
Sites that offer the CCSD15 Gifted Programs for the 2014 school year.
Hunting Ridge School
Marion Jordan School
Central Road School
Pleasant Hill School
Frank C. Whiteley School
Winston Campus ElementarySchool
Willow Bend School
CCSD15 Will Look into providing a site that accomodates the least distance traveled from the students home school. Site availability is based on class size.
Further questions can be answered by emailing the Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement, Dr. Kathy Pluymert at pluymerk@ccsd15.net
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