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Gifted & Talented

Meadow View Gifted & Talented Facilitator: Tonja Peacock

303- 387-5444     Tonja.Peacock[at]dcsdk12[dot]org

Please call or email with any questions.

Gifted Programming is designed to meet the academic, social/ emotional, and behavioral needs of students identified with advanced learning needs.  Meadow View students identified as Gifted are in the regular classroom full time, and an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is created by the teacher, student and parent and is tracked and documented throughout the year.

Meadow View provides for gifted/high-ability learners through the implementation of some or all of the following strategies:

  • Differentiated instruction

  • Tiered assignments

  • Flexible grouping

  • Independent study

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Social/Emotional support

Each year in late August/early September, Douglas County does universal testing in grades 3 and 6.  This is the only time of the year that this testing occurs.  The test that is used in our universal screen is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).  The CogAT consists of three batteries of testing: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal. Any students scoring at or above the 95th percentile on any of the CogAT batteries are referred for further data gathering and review to determine if a GT identification is warranted.  Students can qualify for Gifted and Talented programming without a CogAT score; other qualifying data will be considered.

 

If a student is in grades 1, 2, 4 or 5, they can be referred for CogAT testing during the same testing window as our universal test.  Referrals may be made by parents or teachers.  The same criteria for qualification is in place for these students.  Please see the referral form below to refer a student for testing or GT consideration.

 

To qualify for GT programming and to determine areas of strength, a variety of data is reviewed.  This can include aptitude data, achievement data, classroom performance/portfolios, teacher surveys, parent surveys, and student surveys.

 

Below are helpful links to more information about Gifted and Talented programming and resources for teachers, parents and students.