Gifted and Talented Nomination Information

  • Each year, elementary and secondary teachers identify students with exceptional ability or performance who qualify for gifted/talented programming. These students are usually performing at least two years above grade level in their strength area(s), and perform at the 95% or above on tests of their reasoning power or academic skills. They demonstrate readiness for advanced or accelerated learning opportunities and require additional academic challenges in order to support their continued educational growth and progress. For students who qualify, teachers and staff are encouraged to develop a plan to meet their unique educational needs.

    The identification process begins with an opportunity for parents and/or teachers to refer students for gifted/talented services. If you believe that your child/student demonstrates exceptional ability and may qualify for Gifted Education services, please fill out the nomination form found here: Nomination Form. You will be contacted by a specialist if any further information from you is needed.

    Once nominations are received, students are observed and evaluated over a period of time. Performance in classroom settings, CMAS data, standardized test scores and rating scales completed by parents and teachers are collected and reviewed. Parents are also asked to contribute information about their child's learning strengths, interests, motivation and creativity. In some cases, students may take group tests of their ability or achievement or be invited to participate in advanced classes as part of the review process. Parents are notified by letter once this process is complete.

    Questions may be addressed to your school gifted education resource teacher, or the district Gifted Education Coordinator, at 970-348-6286.