Gifted and Talent Development
2020-21 Identification Process Update
Due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, District 196 will delay screening and assessment for gifted identification until 2021-22. Gifted and talent development services continue to be available to all elementary and middle school students. Students do not need to be identified as gifted to participate in enrichment opportunities and to receive differentiated instruction for their advanced learning needs.
When will students be tested for gifted identification?
All 2nd and 3rd grade students will be tested through the universal screening process in the fall and winter of the 2021-22 school year. A process for referring 4th and 5th grade students for gifted identification screening will be developed for fall 2021.
What does this mean for students who are already identified as gifted and talented?
Students who are currently identified for gifted services in District 196 will continue to receive those services through gifted and talent development.
If I feel my child needs gifted and talent development (GTD) services, but they are not identified, what can I do?
Start by sharing your concerns about your child’s learning needs with your child’s teacher. GTD teachers partner with classroom teachers to offer enrichment and extension opportunities based on student learning needs and interests. These opportunities are available to all students who demonstrate a need or desire.
What happens if we return to in-person instruction before the end of the 2020-21 school year?
Since the process of formal gifted and talented identification occurs over multiple months of the school year and given the changes in learning models due to Covid-19, District 196 is delaying the screening and assessment process for formal gifted and talented identification until the 2021-2022 school year.
What are some resources I can access to support my advanced child during this time?
NAGC Parent TIP Sheets
Gifted and Talent Development at SHMS
This page provides descriptions of various enrichments offered at our school for students seeking academic challenges outside of their classrooms. This page is divided by subject area. Please scroll down to find the information you are looking for. If you have questions about the enrichments described here, please contact Theresa Back by using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
NUMATS (Northwestern Talent Search) - This talent search program allows students to enroll and take the ACT or SAT as a younger student.