Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's
This page includes frequently asked questions from parents about various topics...if other questions come up, please reach out to me! Heather_wise@dpsk12.org
"I want my child to take the GT test. What do I need to do?"
**DPS does not have a "GT test" to determine giftedness. In kindergarten, second and sixth grades, GT teachers administer a cognitive screener to every child in those grade levels. This cognitive screener is called the NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) and is given by me in classrooms each Fall. In addition, parents can apply for GT Magnet school testing - this testing includes the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), is also administered by me and is given in the Fall as well. Both of these cognitive tests can be/are used in the collection of evidence in the GT/HGT identification process. No one test can determine giftedness - it MUST come from a body of cognitive/assessment based evidence over time.
"I missed the first round of GT Magnet testing...is it too late?"
No! The DPS GT department administers a second round of testing in the Spring - please see the link below for more information and/or to nominate your child for this testing (copy and paste into your browser).
"My child was determined Magnet Eligible...what does this mean?"
A child is determined "magnet eligible" based on scores of 97% or higher on one of the two cognitive tests above (NNAT or CogAT). Magnet eligibility is determined by the DPS GT department team, not by GT teachers/schools. Magnet eligibility (ME) means that your child has the potential of a Highly Gifted (HGT) identification and a body of evidence needs to collected over time (usually a year or more) - GT/HGT identifications can ONLY occur through a collection of a body of evidence.
When a child is determined magnet eligible, he/she is able to include any of the DPS GT magnets on his/her choice form. Magnet eligibility guarantees GT magnet placement but does NOT guarantee your child will be able to choice into his/her first choice. Please see the link below for a list of GT magnets/feeder schools (copy and paste into your browser) -
"How do you choose who is in your GT groups?"
Groups are formed based on student needs and teacher needs. At the beginning of each school year, I meet with teams to go over class rosters and needs of students. Then, the schedule is formed around those needs (shifting throughout the year when needed or necessary). Data is the basis for involvement in the groups - GT/HGT strength areas, istation data, CMAS/PARCC, NNAT/CogAT, etc. In addition, groups are fluid - students flow in and out based on need, performance and effort - so there are opportunities throughout the school year for involvement, enrichment and extension.
"I think my child needs more challenge at school. What can I do?"
The first step is to contact your child's classroom teacher. Talk with the teacher about your concerns - what area/areas are you concerned about, what do you think your child needs and how can you work with the teacher to support both your child and the teacher. Also, you can reach out to me for support and ideas and I will work with that teacher to find supports and solutions.