Elementary Identification Protocols
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION PROTOCOLS | Grades K-5
These elements are considered for program admission at each level as part of the student identification process.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION IN GRADES 4 & 5
- Average of two most recent years of FAST Reading scores in GT range (90%ile and higher)
- Previous year's Reading and Writing quarterly grades
Supplementary Data (for both Math & Reading)
- Developmental Reading Assessment (+2 Grade levels) for reading
- Work Samples from relevant subject area
- Previously identified as an HP student
- Outside Data (for students transferring into the district)
- CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)
MCA scores are not used as a key indicator for services per the recommended Minnesota Department of Education's Equitable Identification practices, as MCA tests are designed to assess the teacher/curriculum’s ability to meet grade level standards, not the students’ potential giftedness. Additionally, when looking at student percentile scores, Shakopee uses national normed scores as well as local building data for a more accurate representation of our local population.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION IN KINDERGARTEN- THIRD GRADE
No formal HP programming occurs at these grade levels.