School District 3 Widefield

Our Philosophy

Widefield School District 3 strives to maximize the learning of each and every student while maintaining high expectations. District 3 is committed to providing an educational program that recognizes the needs of gifted and talented students, enhancing each student's unique potential in order to develop responsible, productive citizens for tomorrow.

How are Gifted and Talented Students Identified?
There are at least three common methods by which children are identified and evaluated for the WSD3 Gifted and Talented Program. Referrals can be made by parents, staff members, or self-referral by the student.

Nominated student eligibility and/or formal identification may include but not be limited to the following as part of the body of evidence.

  • Portfolios of student work
  • Teacher/Parent inventories
  • Teacher/Parent recommendations
  • Response to Intervention Process
  • A body of testing/performance evidence on:
  • Standardized Achievement Tests
  • Aptitude Tests (designates gifted potential)
  • Universal CoGat testing in 3rd and 7th grade
  • With the following results:

    Multiple score of:
    90-94%ile = Tier II
    95% or above = Tier III - Requires Advanced Learning Plan

    What does "Gifted and Talented" mean?

    “Gifted and talented children” are those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness: general or specific intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creative or productive thinking, leadership abilities, visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilities.

    Gifted & Talented Parent-Teacher Handbook
    Click here.

    Gifted & Talented Programs

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