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Gifted Learner Identification

The timeline for the identification process for gifted services is currently under review
for 2020-21. Updates will be posted here as they become available. 

A multifaceted approach is used to identify gifted learners in District 833.
Students are evaluated for appropriateness of being assessed based on objective and subjective data.

Process in Assessing for Possible Identification for Gifted Services in SoWashCo:

  • In grade 2 any student scoring in the 75th percentile or above on either of the fall Math or Reading Students Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will be assessed.
  • In grades 3-7 further objective information including MAP data, MCA scores, and any prior ability test scores are reviewed to identify students for assessment.
  • In grades 2-7 teacher input is also given to determine additional students who are good candidates for being assessed for identification as a gifted learner.
  • The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), an academic ability test is administered to these students.
  • Test results are received and reviewed.
  • The next school year, these students are placed in Cluster Classrooms with a teacher trained to meet the unique needs of gifted learners. All Elementary schools and Middle Schools have Cluster Classrooms in grades 3-8. 

Students in grades 2-7 may also be referred for assessment by a teacher or parent.

Gifted Services will accept IQ testing administered by a licensed psychologist.

Once the test scores are received by Gifted Education, you will be notified if your child is identified as a gifted learner in District 833.

Gifted Identification in Prior District

If your child was identified as a gifted learner in their prior district, after enrolling your child in District 833, please send the results of the ability test/s used for placement to Danielle Menard, Gifted Education Support Specialist at dmenard@sowashco.org or Gifted Education Services 7362 E. Point Douglas Rd. S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016


These school ability tests may include the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), an Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), a Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), or an intelligence test, such as a WISC, administered by a psychologist. 

The Gifted Education team will review the results and determine if criteria has been met to be identified as a gifted learner in District 833. Families will be contacted after the information has been reviewed.