The 1st grade identification process was updated March, 2017. The following process will only be implemented during the 2017-18 school year. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the 1st grade process will follow the Kindergarten process. Learn more…

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 take the following assessments during the day:

  • CogAT 7 Screener
  • TRC (Text Reading Comprehension)
  • Literacy Skills in Chinese and Spanish for Students in Language Immersion Programs
  • Writing Performance Task
  • Math Unit Assessment

Results of the screening will be sent via US Mail to parents by December 18, 2017 (letters were mailed out via US Mail on 12/15/17).

Students who score at or above 132 SAS (Standard Age Score) and consistently perform two grade levels beyond expectation 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 November.

In the event they are not identified through the screening process, first grade families may also want to apply for gifted testing from September 1 to October 31 (testing takes place in winter). First grade students who are identified through winter testing will begin the gifted program in 2nd grade.

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 mid-January. Results will be sent to parents via U.S. Mail by the end of January.

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 trimester.

At the end of the 2017-18 school year, 1st grade students will have two options for 2nd grade:

  1. Attend the Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP) at Cherry Crest, Medina, Somerset or Spiritridge (school placement is based on student’s home address).
  2. Remain at their current school and continue to receive differentiated services in a traditional classroom. An individualized service plan will be created in the fall of each year.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, 1st grade students, receiving K-1 gifted services, cannot be automatically enrolled in the Gifted Elementary School Program (GESP). 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.