Screening Process

The Gifted Programs Office will screen 1st grade students who enrolled after November 1 of their Kindergarten year. There is no need to apply for this group of students. Between late-September and mid-November, students are observed for gifted characteristics and may take the following assessments during the day:

  • TRC (Text Reading Comprehension)
  • DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)
  • Literacy Skills in Chinese and Spanish for Students in Language Immersion Programs
  • Writing Performance Task
  • Math Unit Assessment

Students who consistently perform two years beyond their grade level in literacy and/or math will be moved into file review for further assessment. Permission for file review will be sent to your home by the end of December.

Students who are identified for gifted services in 1st grade will not be automatically enrolled in the Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP) when they reach 2nd grade. 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.

File Review Process

Parents who receive a file review letter will be asked to provide permission for the district to conduct further assessment. This may include but is not limited to:

A district team will analyze all available student performance data and determine if the student is in need of services. Students demonstrating consistent academic performance two years beyond grade level expectation in literacy and/or math will be identified for differentiated services at their neighborhood or choice school.

The file review process will be completed by the end of January. Results will be sent to parents via U.S. Mail by mid-February.

Service Model

First grade students who are identified as in need of gifted services will be provided differentiated services in a traditional classroom setting at their neighborhood or choice school. Students may continue to receive differentiated services at their school through 12th grade.

An individualized service plan will be created at the time of identification and in the fall of each subsequent school year. This plan will be developed by a school-based team, including the classroom teacher. The plan will be sent to the parent for consent. Once consent is given, services will begin in the second semester.