Gifted and Talented

Ms. Megan Mogelson, Gifted and Talented CoordinatorGifted
651-403-7015 | 
megan.mogelson@isd197.org

In West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Schools, the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program begins in grade 3 and seeks to nurture the exceptional abilities of students by providing ongoing opportunities for enrichment and acceleration. As a student in the GT program, your child will:
  • Be grouped with their academic peers within the regular classroom
  • Participate in curriculum extension projects based on interest and/or academic strengths (opportunities vary each year)
  • Work with the Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Specialist
  • Have enrichment opportunities before, during or after school
Each elementary and middle school has a gifted education teacher who works with students and collaborates with classroom teachers to provide appropriate challenge and differentiation for students.

For additional enrichment, students in the GT Program participate in co-curricular activities such as:

Learn more about the Gifted and Talented programs at each school:
Garlough | Mendota | Moreland | Pilot Knob | Somerset | Friendly Hills | Heritage | Henry Sibley

IDENTIFICATION PROCESS
At the end of each school year, the academic performance of students in grades 2-7 is evaluated to identify children who should receive Gifted and Talented (GT) services or be placed on District 197’s Talent Development and Watch list for the following year. Performance measures include, but are not limited to, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the NWEA reading and math tests.

Alternate Identification is an additional option for students who may be very high academic performers but do not qualify for GT services using the standard measures. Please contact the program coordinator for more information regarding Alternative Identification.


PROGRAM APPROACH
Tier 1
Tier 1 of the Gifted and Talented Program focuses on the training and support of all teachers in the practice of differentiated instruction. This impacts all students, especially those achieving at high levels, as it offers different learning opportunities that extend beyond the general classroom expectation. 

Tier 2
Tier 2 of the Gifted and Talented Program focuses on the practice of Total School School Cluster Grouping. Clustering is a "common gifted education practice that places a group of high achieving, gifted, or high ability students in a classroom with other students and with a teacher that has received training or is willing to differentiate curriculum and instruction for these target students" (Gentry, 2008).  Tier two elementary students also work with the Gifted and Talented teacher in their school.

Criteria for Tier 2 Identification is a combination of:

  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 125+
  • Cognitive Ability Test - Single Subtest Score (Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative) of 125+ and NWEA MAP Scores at the 96th Percentile or Higher in Both Reading and Math
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Parent Recommendation

Tier 3
Tier 3 of the Gifted and Talented Program focuses on the implementation of curriculum extension projects. These projects serve as curricular extensions that allow students to grow in order to develop their academic and social skills through problem solving, higher level thinking skills  and creativity. In order to offer students appropriate academic challenges, clustering is also used for Tier 3 students.

Criteria for Tier 3 Identification is a combination of:

  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 130+
  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 125+ and NWEA MAP Scores at the 98th Percentile or Higher in Both Reading and Math
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Parent Recommendation

Criteria for Tier 3 Identification
  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 130+
  • Cognitive Ability Test - Composite Score of 125+ and NWEA MAP Scores at the 98th Percentile or Higher in Both Reading and Math
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Parent Recommendation