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Gifted and Talent Development

Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential.
 
These services are available at all elementary and middle schools.
 
Gifted and Talent Development contacts by school/location.
 

2021-22 Identification Process

District 196 will screen all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students this school year. In addition to MAP math and MAP reading assessments, all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in the winter. District 196 will collect data from MAP tests, CogAT tests and the HOPE teacher rating scale for gifted identification. Students already identified gifted in District 196 will remain identified. Letters will be mailed to the student's primary address if District 196 has determined a student will be identified gifted. District identification letters are planned to be mailed in late March 2022. Students do not need to be identified as gifted to participate in enrichment opportunities and to receive differentiated instruction for their advanced learning needs.