Student Screening

Extended Learning Program Student Screening

Screening for the WDM Extended Learning Program is ongoing throughout the school year and may be initiated by a teacher, parent, or student. In West Des Moines, students may be identified in grades kindergarten through twelve for various levels of service for the following abilities: general intellectual, specific academic in core content areas, creative thinking, visual or performing arts, and leadership. The committee that reviews the information meets three times throughout the school year. In alignment with best practices for screening, multiple criteria are examined to determine student in need of additional differentiation through our Extended Learning Program. To have a student screened, the requisite data includes: parent survey, teacher survey, student questionnaire, CogAT scores, Iowa Assessments scores, and any other relevant data determined by a member of the ELP team.

Comprehensive screening happens in the WDMCSD during the 3rd and 6th grade years at designated times. All forms for 6th grade screening should be completed by February 1 and 3rd grade by Spring Break.

To begin the process, please contact the ELP teacher at your student’s school.

ELP Team

WDM Teachers

Please fill out the below survey to have a student screened for the WDM Extended Learning Program.

Survey

WDM Parents

First, please read Parent/Guardian Information: What to Consider When Identifying a Gifted Child. 

Then, fill out the parent survey to have a student screened for the WDM Extended Learning Program. Please read directions carefully before beginning survey.

Parent/Guardian Information: What to Consider When Identifying a Gifted Child

Parent/Guardian Survey: Things My Child Has Done

WDM Students

If you are in grades K-8, please see the ELP teacher in your building to complete the student questionnaire. If you are in grades 9-12, please see the ELP teacher in your building to set up an interview.

K-8 Student Survey

The WDMSD will continue to study screening tools that allow for appropriate screening of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse, from low socio-economic status, and with disabilities.

The district shall accept scores on assessment instruments provided by other school districts for screening purposes. The district will then proceed with WDM identification instruments to determine service needs.

 

Contact Us

Dr. Kristine Milburn
ELP Coordinator
PD Facilitator
515-633-4052

Nathan Ballagh
ELP Administrator
Westridge Elementary Principal
515-633-5400

ELP Team

Maria Steffen
Clive
Crestview
515-633-5871

Felicia Twit
Crossroads
Fairmeadows
515-633-5650

Jenni Braden
Hillside
515-633-6337
Western Hills
515-633-5969

Jen McLaughlin
Jordan Creek
515-633-5234

Nancy Foley 
Westridge
515-633-5456

Mike Cunningham
Indian Hills
515-633-4731

Shannan Belden
Stilwell
515-633-6000

Gina Reinier
Valley Southwoods
515-633-4500
Walnut Creek
515-633-6400
Valley
515-633-4000

Karen Downing
Valley
515-633-4091