School District 27J chose to adopt the Colorado Department of Education definition of a gifted child.
“Gifted Children means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students.
Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural populations.
Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:
(Colorado Department of Education, 2016)
All 2nd and 6th graders in a district school will take part in the Cognitive Abilities Test in the fall. This test is used as a data piece to help identify gifted students within our school district.
Identification can be complex and time consuming for some students. Collecting a body of evidence to demonstrate the abilities is key. Typically the gifted range (in percentiles) is at or above the 95th percentile.