Multifaceted Student Assessment Plan (Identification)

All students in grades K and 2 are screened using the Cognitive Abilities test, which measures a young child’s abilities in the areas of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning.  Students who score in the top 20% are placed in an initial pool for identification. 

Students in grades 3-8 are placed in an initial pool for identification if they score in the 93rd percentile on the NWEA in the area of reading, language, and/or math on at least two of the past four assessments given (winter, spring, fall of each year).  Teachers or parents may also recommend a student in grades K-8 be placed in the initial pool for identification.  If recommended by a teacher or parent, and no NWEA data is available, the student will be assessed to obtain a score.

Students in the initial testing pool will be further assessed using the Cognitive Abilities test.  This test is typically given in the fall of each school year for students in grades 2 – 8 and in the spring of each school year for students in grade K.  In addition, each student’s teacher is given a SIGS (Scales for Identifying Gifted Students) to complete, which may also include provision of anecdotal information and work samples to support the ratings. 

All of the assessment data is gathered and anonymously summarized (removing student names).  The District High Ability Identification Team, made up of High Ability Coordinator, Administrators, and Representative from the High Ability Advocate Group (teachers across all grade levels and buildings) looks at all data points and student information to determine eligibility for services.  Some students may be put on a “watch” status to see if their classroom performance and teacher observation is consistent with the current year’s perspective. These students will be automatically part of the initial pool the next identification round.

Students in grades 9-12 are put through the identification process if recommended by a guidance counselor, teacher, parent and/or administrator.  Prior to entering high school, the majority of students have gone through the identification pools and process. 

Parents, teachers, and administrators are notified in writing the outcome of the identification process.  It is suggested that teachers work with parents to communicate the plan of services for identified students.