Gifted Education

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) –
5th Grade Universal Screening

Universal Screening 

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made  improvements to our Universal Screening process.  In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned 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: Additional language options are in process.)

As part of this process, ALL students in 5th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) on November 10th, 11th, and 12th. 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 already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 

Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Testing for Gifted Identification outside of the universal screening grade (5th ) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window.  Referral testing will be offered in the Mid-Year testing window.

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!  

If your child is in a grade other than 5th 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 connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.

 

GT Facilitators

Colleen Barber Teacher Page
Alecia Glorioso Teacher Page

* Please see the link below (Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented) to learn about opportunities for parents of Gifted and Talented students – Parent Coffees at Panera Bread in Castle Rock, SENG Parent Discussion Groups, and to sign up for their newsletter!

GIFTED CHILDREN’S BILL OF RIGHTS:

You have a right to

  • know about your giftedness.
  • learn something new everyday.
  • be passionate about your talent area without apologies.
  • have an identity beyond your talent area.
  • feel good about your accomplishments.
  • make mistakes.
  • seek guidance in the development of your talent.
  • have multiple peer groups and a variety of friends.
  • choose which of your talent areas you wish to pursue.
  • not to be gifted at everything.

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