Early Access Identification Process Overview
For Highly-Advanced Gifted Children under Age Six
The following procedure will be used to grant early admission to the educational services of a highly advanced gifted child. Under HB 1021, a “highly advanced gifted child” means a gifted child whose body of evidence demonstrates a profile of being academically gifted, in the top 3% of the gifted peer group, socially and emotionally mature, motivated to learn, ready for advanced placement, and has exhausted the existing resources of preschool or home schooling. Children must meet these age requirements by October 1st: 4 years of age for Kindergarten or 5 years of age for First Grade.
Parent and/or Early Childhood Educator makes a referral by completing an Early Access Entrance Application, Early Access Parent Survey, $50 screening fee, and a screening portfolio between the dates of January 1st and February 28th to Mapleton Public Schools, Gifted Education Program, 7350 Broadway Denver, CO 80221. Referrals received after February 28th are evaluated at the discretion of the district.
The screening portfolio may include:
- Letter of recommendation from preschool/kindergarten teacher
- Supporting anecdotal information; such as a one-to-one interview
- Test data/observational data (examples: TS GOLD student reports, Student Profile of Strengths, Ages and Stages Questionnaire, math data, PALS, private test results)
- Student work samples (examples: writing, projects)
- Curriculum Assessments
- MAPS Scores for first grade, if enrolled in Mapleton Public Schools
- SIGS – Parent
- Social/Emotional Observation
Personnel from the Gifted Education program, Early Childhood program, and Learning Services review the portfolio and decide within 20 school days of receipt of the application to continue with an evaluation or not. Parent will be notified of the decision with a phone call and a follow-up letter.
If a decision is made to continue with the evaluation, an appointment is made for the testing of the child within 30 school days, which may include individual IQ testing with a district-licensed school psychologist, a CogAT 7, or parents may provide private testing results. Data may be gathered from classroom performance, district assessments, embedded curriculum assessments, interviews, parent and/or educator referrals, student survey, Iowa Acceleration Scale, SIGS Home Rating Scale, and GRS-P to aid in determination.
A determination team (comprised of personnel from the Gifted Education program, Early Childhood program, and school administration) reviews and analyzes the data. The analysis focuses on the child’s strengths and comprehensive readiness for early access. Collaboratively, the determination team decides if the child will benefit from early access to kindergarten or first grade. The decision is communicated to the parent by phone call and a follow-up letter.
A determination letter describing the decision for early access is signed by the determination team, parent, receiving school director, and child’s teacher. A copy of this letter is placed in the child’s cumulative folder.
An advanced learning plan (ALP) is developed for early access children by September 30th of the following academic year.
Monitoring of the ALP will occur between parents and teachers at each parent/teacher conference scheduled during the school year.