Starting in the 2017-18 school year we will be changing how students in Kindergarten are identified for gifted services. This new process will then go into effect for 1st graders during the 2018-19 school year.
No changes are being made to the K-1 delivery model. Kindergartners and 1st grade students who are identified will still be provided differentiated services in a traditional classroom setting at their neighborhood or choice school. These students may continue to receive differentiated services at their school through 12th grade.
Kindergarten students will no longer be given the CogAT Screener assessment.
This change is based on the cognitive developmental stage of 5- and 6-year-old students. The CogAT assessment measures, among other things, abstract thinking. During Kindergarten, children are in the preoperational stage of cognitive development where understanding of abstract thinking is weak. This change allows the district to examine a broader scope of a student’s abilities and needs as well as more accurately identify students who are in need of gifted services.
Students who are identified for gifted services in Kindergarten will no longer be automatically enrolled in the Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP) when they reach 2nd grade.
Beginning September 2017, Kindergarten students who would like to attend the GESP at Cherry Crest, Medina, Somerset, or Spiritridge must apply for gifted testing during the fall of their 1st grade year. Students will not be automatically enrolled into the GESP as is current practice. This does not apply for 1st graders during the 2017-18 school year. However, starting in the 2018-19 school year, 1st grade students will also need to apply for gifted testing in order to be considered for the GESP.