Gifted/Talented (GT) Program Student Screening
Screening for the West Des Moines Community Schools Gifted/Talented (GT) Program is ongoing throughout the school year and may be initiated by a teacher, parents/guardians, or student. In WDMCS, students may be identified in grades K-12 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 Gifted/Talented (GT) Program. To have a student screened, the requisite data includes: parent/guardian survey, teacher survey, student questionnaire, CogAT scores, Iowa Assessments scores, and any other relevant data determined by a member of the GT team.
Comprehensive screening happens in the WDMCS during third grade and sixth grade at designated times. All forms for sixth-grade screening should be completed by Feb. 1; third-grade forms should be completed by spring break.
To begin the process, please contact the GT teacher at your student’s school.
Please fill out the below survey to have a student screened for the WDMCS Gifted/Talented (GT) Program.
First, please read Parent/Guardian Information: What to Consider When Identifying a Gifted Child.
Then, fill out the survey to have your student screened for the WDMCS Gifted/Talented (GT) Program. Please read directions carefully before beginning the survey.
If you are in grades K-6, please see the GT teacher in your building to complete the student questionnaire. If you are in grades 7-12, please see the GT teacher in your building to set up an interview.
The WDMCS 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 WDMCS identification instruments to determine service needs.