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Identifying Students for Gifted Services

A multifaceted approach is used to identify gifted learners in District 833. Students are evaluated for appropriateness of being assessed based on objective and subjective data.  

Process in Assessing for Possible Identification as a Gifted Learner 

  • In grade 2 any student scoring in the 75th percentile or above on either of the fall Math or Reading Students Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will be assessed.
  • In grades 3-7 further objective information including MAP data, MCA scores, and any prior ability test scores are reviewed to identify students for assessment. 
  • In grades 2-7 teacher input is also given to determine additional students who are good candidates for being assessed for identification as a gifted learner.
  • Parent and teacher input is requested.
  • A school ability test is administered to these students.
  • Test results are received and reviewed.
  • Parent and teacher input forms are reviewed to determine appropriate instruction and level of service.
  • Those scoring in the 98th and 99th percentiles on the ability test meet the 833 critieria to be identified as a gifted learner.
  • The next school year, these students are placed in Cluster Classrooms with a teacher trained to meet the unique needs of gifted learners.
Students in grades 2-7 may also be referred for assessment by a teacher or parent.
 

Gifted Services will accept IQ testing administered by a licensed psychologist.

Once the test scores are received by Gifted Education, you will be notified if your child is identified as a gifted learner in District 833.
 

Gifted Identification in Prior District

If your child was identified as a gifted learner in their prior district, after enrolling your child in District 833, please send the results of the ability test/s used for placement to:
 
Gifted Education Services
7362 E. Point Douglas Rd. S.
Cottage Grove, MN  55016
 
These school ability tests may include the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), an Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), a Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), or an intelligence test. The coordinator of gifted education will review the results and determine if criteria has been met to be identified as a gifted learner in District 833. Families will be contacted after the information has been reviewed.