November 10, 2014

Applying for the Discovery Program, Part 1: GT Testing


This post is part of a three-part series on how to apply for the Elementary Discovery Program:

How to Identify If Your Child is Gifted 

One of the required materials for the Elementary Discovery Program within Douglas County School District (DCSD) is a copy of ability and achievement test results for your student. These tests are just one component of the body of evidence used to evaluate your student's strengths, skills and abilities and ensure a good fit between your student and the Discovery Program.
  1. Universal CogAT Testing - Normally, DCSD administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all 3rd grade students at the beginning of every school year for free and your school's GT Coordinator will contact you if your student's scores fall within the gifted range. The CogAT is comprised of three sections:

  2. Notify your teacher - If your student missed the CogAT testing period, contact your teacher and your school's GT Coordinator to discuss your next steps. 

  3. Consider Private Testing - You may also want to consider paying an educational psychologist to administer an ability or achievement test for your child. The cost for these tests is usually between $400-$500 per child, per test. Visit our Resources page for a list of psychologists who perform GT testing

  4. Develop an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP)- Once your child has been identified as a gifted student, your school must develop an ALP in collaboration with you. The plan is a living document that identifies how the school and your family will help support your student's academic, behavioral and social needs and should be updated every school year. A copy of your ALP is another way to support your Discovery Program application.


More Questions?

Have more questions about the Discovery Program and other programs and services for gifted and advanced students? Register for the fall "Gifted and Talented 101" seminar on October 19, 2016 with Natasha Straayer, DCSD Personalized Learning and get your questions answered.