Elementary Gifted and Talented
District 196 believes that identifying giftedness is a complex and multi-faceted process that requires multiple sources of information in the decision process. Identification takes place at the elementary level (K-5) with students being nominated for participation in gifted services by teachers and parents.
Information gathered takes a comprehensive view of students' gifts and talents. Data used includes standardized tests of cognition and achievement, teacher observations, student grades and work samples. Additionally, information about the student outside of the school setting is also factored into placement decisions. This information is gathered in the form of parent questionnaires which gifted and talented specialists send home with student candidates.
A team of district gifted and talented specialists work together to analyze student information and suggest the appropriate level of service for the student. Families are notified of the team's decision. While identification can happen at any time during the school year, most identification will take place in the spring of the year after the results of standardized tests have been received. The goal of the identification process is to provide each student candidate the services that best serve the whole child.
For more information about identification, see the gifted and talented specialist at your school or see the FAQ section of the district gifted and talented website.
Middle School Access to Gifted and Talented Services and Identification
Gifted and talented services are available to all middle school students depending on individual needs. We believe that every student should be offered diverse opportunities for enrichment and extension of learning both within and beyond the classroom through differentiated curriculum and instruction based on a student’s readiness level, interest, and learning style.
Students who are identified as needing additional gifted services may be placed in a cluster or advanced/challenge class or may receive individualized options. Students who have been identified as gifted or young scholars at the elementary level continue to receive gifted programming opportunities at the middle school.
Parents are encouraged to refer to the levels of service continuum or contact the GT coordinator at their child’s school for additional information.