DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we will implement Universal Screening for students in second grade this February.
 
Second Grade Universal Screen
As part of this process, ALL students in second grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of Feb. 7. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  
 
If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 
 
Kindergarten/First Grade Gifted Identification Referral Testing 
  • If your child is in grades K or 1 and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process. NOTE:  Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification. 
  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification: Ben Franklin – DCSD Gifted Identification Referral Form – Consent to Evaluate, Parent/Guardian Survey & Student Survey. 
  • Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.