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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

The CoGAT (cognitive abilities test) is the measure that our school district administers to identify Gifted and Talented. It is a standardized measure that is administered in small grade level groups and tests cognitive abilities along with problem solving skills. Students who score 2 standard deviations above the national average qualify for GT identification. In Adams 12, appropriate enrichment, acceleration and differentiation takes place within the classroom. Because of this philosophy, there is no specialized curriculum or isolated program here at Stellar.

​Identifying GT Students

Do you suspect that your child may be in need of enriched academic programming?  Does it seem like he or she may need additional challenges in their education, and may be gifted or talented?

If you would like to nominate your child for GT identification, please contact Heather Stephens, Stellar’s GT Coordinator, or your child’s teacher no later than Monday, October 22, 2018. There is required paperwork which must be completed and returned by Monday, October 29, 2018 as the CogAT testing at Stellar Elementary is  scheduled for November 29 & 30, 2018.  

If you would like to access the paperwork online, please go to the Gifted & Advanced Academics: Identification & Assessment page for the nomination forms. Parents are required to complete the Parent Form and the Parent-School Partnership Form.

After testing, the district specialists will then evaluate the test results, checklists, and other evidence to determine whether the student qualifies and you will be notified of their recommendation by in approximately 4-6 weeks after testing. 

If you have any questions regarding GT, please contact Heather Stephens, 5th grade teachers and GT Coordinator at Stellar. Additional information is available on the Adams 12 Gifted & Advanced Academics page.