The Referral and Identification of Gifted Students
Park County School District #6 does provide services for students identified as gifted. Below is a flow chart and description of how a student is identified as gifted within the district. Forms and a G.A.T.E. services brochure can be found at the bottom of the page.
All students in the district are screened using the Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Prescreener. when they enter the district, either in the spring of their kindergarten year or the fall following their entrance into the district. However, this screener is only one measure, and a child may not do well on it, even if they are of high ability. Therefore, we also allow a child to be referred through a simple referral form (forms can be downloaded at the bottom of the page).
Once a referral is received, or it has been indicated a student scored at or above the cut-score on the prescreener, permission for further testing is sought. For further testing, the G.A.T.E. department uses the full battery of tests for the CogAT- 7. In order to be eligible for G.A.T.E. services, a student must score in the 98th percentile according to national norms in general intellectual ability. What services are available to students may vary depending on the child's grade. Please see the G.A.T.E. department's main page to find out more.
If a student is tested, and does not qualify, the student and his/her family/guardians will be informed. They have a right to appeal this decision; to do so, they need to contact us in writing within 20 working days of the receipt of their student's scores . The request must include specific reasons for the appeal. If there is sufficient reason to think that he/she may qualify, a student may be retested using the TONI (Test of Nonverbal Intelligence). Once again, in order to be eligible for G.A.T.E. services, a student must score in the 98th percentile according to national norms in general intellectual ability.
Sharing specific scores may not be in your child’s best interest. These tests have limitations, as do all tests, and the scores should not be interpreted as a measure of your child’s potential for success in school, work, or life. It is up to you to decide what your child should know about his/her testing results.
If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please feel free to contact Kristian Olson, the K-4th GATE Teacher Erin Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org), the 5th-12th GATE Teacher (email@example.com), or Kelli Alexander, the GATE paraeducator (firstname.lastname@example.org).