Changes in Gifted and Talented (GT) Programs, Testing

GT story--students working in classroomBeginning this school year, the universal GT (Gifted and Talented) assessment will now be conducted in second grade. This change wsa recommended by the state’s GT director’s committee, and will allow your child to better prepare for the use of technology necessary for the online assessment. Second graders who qualify for services and have returned the necessary paperwork will be placed immediately in gifted programming in second grade.

The GATE Department is piloting the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT3) and will be testing all second graders. Any student receiving a cognitive score of 99 percentile on the NNAT3 will be administered a cognitive test by a licensed psychologist. Students scoring at or above the 99 percentile on the individually administered assessment will be invited to apply for admission to the SWAS (School Within a School) program for the following year.

In addition, there is a change occurring within the GT Department for SWAS programming. Beginning this school year, a student must receive at or above a 99 percentile on an individually administered cognitive test by a licensed psychologist. Students scoring at or above the 99 percentile on the individually administered assessment will be invited to apply for admission to the SWAS program for the following year.

If you have questions, please call the GT office at 861-4451.