We hope that you all are off to a great start for the 2020-21 school year. Please note the following, we are awaiting the WS/FCS Board decision for reopening our schools for grades 2nd -8th before rendering definitive AIG screening/testing dates. We will continue the Gifted screening and identification process when we resume consistency with face-to-face instruction.
We thank you for your grace and patience.
WS/FCS students enrolled in second grade are screened in the Spring using a group aptitude assessment. If eligible, students participate in an group achievement test. Parents receive prior notice of both screenings, if applicable, and may decline to have their child participate if they prefer. Students will be identified for services in the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Program based on results for both Aptitude and Achievemnent screening. Limited opportunities for rescreening to qualify for the program may also be available, as specified by the district's identification guidelines.
Some children may not begin to exhibit characteristics of giftedness until after the second grade screening process. Parents or school leaders may request a reevaluation of the student for gifted services once in grades 3-5 and once in grades 6-8. Typically these requests occur at the end of the school year because the student's End-of-Grade test scores are used to determine the eligibility
Transition to Middle School: Change of Services Screening
During the fifth grade year, students may participate in screening to determine eligibility for a change of service upon entry into middle school. Eligibility to participate in this screening is dependent upon previous EOG and aptitude scores. All students who earn 90th percentile on either the End-of-Grade test in reading, math, reading retest or math retest, are eligible to the change of service rescreening option. Students do not have to be certified as Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) to participate in this process. This is the only time that the district will reevaluate a student to determine eligibility for Highly Academically Gifted (HAG) services upon entering the sixth grade.