Gifted

 


Welcome to Champaign Public Schools' Gifted Programs

Champaign Public Schools offers formal Gifted Programs for students in Grade 2 through Grade 5. District-wide gifted identification occurs at Grade 1 using a combination of standardized tests, student achievement data, and parent and teacher referrals. Additional opportunities for students and families seeking identification at other grade levels are reviewed on an individual basis. See Identification Process below for more information.

The elementary gifted program is housed at Booker T. Washington Elementary, Dr. Howard Elementary, Kenwood Elementary, and Stratton Elementary. Gifted students engage in an accelerated curriculum using district curriculum and that is differentiated to meet students’ needs.

Identification Process

Champaign Public Schools recognizes that no one identifier should be used to identify students for gifted education opportunities. As a result, Champaign Public Schools has chosen a multi-faceted approach for gifted programing identification that includes multiple entry points into the available gifted program offerings as supported by best practices in educational research on Gifted education. District-wide gifted identification occurs at Grade 1 using a combination of standardized tests, student achievement data, and parent and teacher recommendations. This data may include but is not limited to the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, Parent & Teacher referrals. The CogAT is used as an initial screener. This data is then put into a matrix along with MAP data. Points are given for students scoring in the 90th percentile of the student populations. All tested students are then rank-ordered by matrix scores and an invitation list is derived from these scores.
 

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