Formal identification begins in kindergarten and continues through the years. Students can be identified as high ability in the areas of math, English language arts, or general intellectual (both) on nationally normed instruments. The standard cut score of the 95th percentile will be applied for eligibility.
Performance: All ECS students in Grades K-8 participate in Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing provided by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). Scores from the winter administration are used to identify students with high achievement levels.
Potential: Students in Grade K, 2, and 5 are administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) to identify those with high academic potential.
Standard Error of Measure: Students with scores that are two points or less from eligibility cut score for high ability identification, or at the 93rd or 94th percentile, will also be rated on the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS).
Each spring families of students identified with high achievement and/or ability are notified by the district’s Instructional Leadership team of placement options. Elementary students found with high ability in both English language arts and mathematics will have priority access to self-contained settings in cases where space is limited.Program placement occurs each fall following the spring identification process. Instructional adjustments are made throughout the year as indicated by formative assessments.