Identification of gifted students at the Moffat Schools is done using the Multi-Tier Support System (MTSS) process. In this team approach, students, parents, and school personnel supply information about the student and his or her needs. Click here for the Moffat School District policy.
In grades K-12, screening for the gifted program may begin with high achievement scores, teacher, or parent recommendations. Observations are made of the student's performance on higher level thinking tasks as part of a talent pool. When further evidence is required students then receive a more extensive evaluation. A body of evidence about the students’ performance is gathered. This includes:
Behaviors/Characteristics checklists from teachers and parents
Achievement Test Scores
Demonstrated Performances – juried exhibits, auditions, portfolios
Ability Testing Score
Once the evidence is collected it is reviewed by the MTSS Team. This team is comprised of the counselor, teachers at the appropriate level, an administrator, the gifted education coordinator, sometimes the school psychologist and parents. The evidence is reviewed to see if the student displays a need for gifted programming as part of his or her educational plan. To exhibit this need the student will show strong evidence in three of the following four categories:
GES-3 behavioral checklist - 95th percentile or above
achievement test scores of 95th percentile or above
high rankings on demonstrated performance assessments
scores of 95th percentile or above on cognitive ability testing
The process Moffat Schools follows is the identification process determined by the San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES), following recommendations from the Colorado Department of Education.
An identification inventory form is completed on each student who is screened for gifted education. If the student is identified as gifted, an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is created with parents, educational personnel, and the student, if age appropriate. The ALP describes academic and affective goals for the next year. The ALP specifies which instructional strategies will be used and who is responsible for carrying them out. Parental involvement is also described in the ALP. These documents are usually created and stored within the Alpine Achievement System. Parents receive a copy of the ALP and the gifted education coordinator keeps a signed hard copy of the plan.
If the student is not identified as gifted, his or her strengths are communicated to teachers where they are used for appropriate classroom instructional planning.
Records for students who transfer into Moffat Schools are reviewed for evidence of giftedness. If the student’s body of evidence is complete and meets the criteria for identification an ALP is written. If the body of evidence is not complete, the gifted coordinator gathers the needed pieces of information and the MTSS team reviews the information for potential identification.