Gifted and Talented
Due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, District 196 will delay screening and assessment for gifted identification until 2021-22. Gifted and talent development services continue to be available to all elementary and middle school students. Students do not need to be identified as gifted to participate in enrichment opportunities and to receive differentiated instruction for their advanced learning needs.
When will students be tested for gifted identification?
All 2nd and 3rd grade students will be tested through the universal screening process in the fall and winter of the 2021-22 school year. A process for referring 4th and 5th grade students for gifted identification screening will be developed for fall 2021.
2020-21 Identification Process
- Formal gifted identification for students in grades 2-5 is delayed to the 2021-22 school year due to the challenges of the pandemic and different learning models.
2021-22 Identification Process
Universal screening of all 2nd and 3rd grade students for gifted identification. Screening process for 4th and 5th grade students TBD.
2022-23 Identification Process
Universal screening of all 2nd and 4th grade students for gifted identification. Screening process for 3rd and 5th grade students TBD.
* For more information about the universal screening process in District 196, click on the Gifted and Talented Identification tab below.
What does this mean for students who are already identified as gifted and talented?
Students who are currently identified for gifted services in District 196 will continue to receive those services through gifted and talent development.
If I feel my child needs gifted and talent development (GTD) services, but they are not identified, what can I do?
Start by sharing your concerns about your child’s learning needs with your child’s teacher. GTD teachers partner with classroom teachers to offer enrichment and extension opportunities based on student learning needs and interests. These opportunities are available to all students who demonstrate a need or desire.
What happens if we return to in-person instruction before the end of the 2020-21 school year?
Since the process of formal gifted and talented identification occurs over multiple months of the school year and given the changes in learning models due to Covid-19, District 196 is delaying the screening and assessment process for formal gifted and talented identification until the 2021-2022 school year.
What are some resources I can access to support my advanced child during this time?
The Gifted and Talented (GT) Program extends educational challenges for intellectually and academically gifted students.
Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential. District 196 uses multiple criteria to help identify gifted and talented children.
District 196 conducts universal screening at a district level to find students who are demonstrating outstanding abilities and are capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. We use multiple criteria for a strengths-based identification of gifted and talented students. We screen and identify students annually in grades 2 through 5.
Service Model Goals
- Enrich, enhance, and extend core classroom curriculum and instruction within the literacy workshop and math workshop blocks. Staff utilize critical and creative thinking strategies, problem-solving and inquiry to help students become independent investigators. (NAGC standards 3.4)
- Engage and empower learners across the full day
- Equip PLC (professional learning community) teams and individual teachers
- Empower collaboration among classroom teachers, GT specialists, coaches, parents, students, and community
Flexible and Fluid Tiered Service Model
- Tier 1, Core classroom- Core classroom teacher, grade level PLC team, and GT Specialist
- Tier 2, Guided groups- Core classroom teacher, grade level PLC team, and GT Specialist
- Tier 3, 1:1- Focused on individualized need - Core classroom teacher, and GT Specialist
Students whose needs extend beyond the tiered service model may be referred for single subject and/or grade level acceleration.