Gifted Student Identification

  • There are four steps for identification and an appeals process. The following steps occur in grades 2 and 6 in the spring of each school year.

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Step 1: Nomination

  • Parents, peers, staff or community members may nominate a student in grades 3, 4, 5 & 7 for gifted services evaluation by completing the nomination form. Nomination forms are available online (English/Spanish) or from the gifted coordinator or gifted specialist in each building. Completed forms should be given to the building gifted specialist.


    Students not in grades 2 or 6: A teacher or parent may nominate a student who is not currently receiving gifted services in grades 3-5 or 7-8 during open nomination period. The district will follow the identification process described above to determine appropriate placement.

Step 2: Screening

  • Students nominated and students in grades 2 & 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test 7 (CogAT 7). The CogAT 7 measures students' verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning skills.  Parents of students with propensity one or more standard deviations above the mean, and teachers of these students, will complete the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS).

Step 3: Review

  • Data collected on screened students will be evaluated by the identification and placement review panel consisting of district staff members trained in gifted education. The panel will determine appropriate placement for gifted services.

Step 4: Placement

  • Parents and students will receive notification regarding placement and gifted services.


  • Parents or staff may appeal the identification panel's decision by completing the appeal form and returning it to the gifted coordinator by the date on the form. The appeal committee will consist of the gifted coordinator, district administrator and a district parent. The appeal committee will review all pertinent information and notify parents by mail. The decision of the appeal committee is final.