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Supporting your Gifted Child
QUEST and Gifted Education FAQs
HOW WILL DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION IN TIER 1 SERVICES HELP MY CHILD?
Differentiated instruction means that teachers structure their lessons, activities, and assessments to meet the needs of individual learners. An example of this is a class of students who are reading different books based on their individual reading levels. A differentiated instruction model enables teachers to meet the needs of high-achieving and gifted students as well by giving them enriching and challenging supplemental activities in the classroom to meet their learning needs.
WHAT IS THE COGAT? WHEN IS IT ADMINISTERED? HOW IS IT SCORED?
The CogAT is an assessment designed to measure a child's capacity to learn. It is not a test that measures academic ability. It provides reliable, valid, and accurate data for all students, regardless of language, ethnic background, and socioeconomic status. The CogAT will be administered once annually in the Spring. CogAT is a computer-based assessment that takes approx. 60 minutes to complete. The CogAT scores indicate how your child performed on the test compared with students in the same grade level across the district. Click here to learn more about how the CogAT is scored.
If my child is found eligible for services, how long will they be in the program?
All students are reevaluated every year for identification of QUEST eligibility. This means that a child that was found eligible for services one year, may not be found eligible the following year.
How can parents give input about their child's abilities?
Parents can fill out the QUEST Parent Questionnaire to provide information about their child's abilities, behaviors, and needs. Responses to this form are accessible to all of your child's teachers
What if my child is absent on the day the assessments is administered or my child enrolled in PPS after the assessments were given?
There will be make-ups for any child absent on the day an assessment is administered. Another round of assessments will be administered in the Fall and the Winter for new students to the district. In no cases, will there be opportunities for assessment re-takes.
My child was not found eligible for Tier 3 services, but they are very bright. How will their needs be met?
Although only 3-5% of each grade level is identified for Tier 3 services, 15%-20% of the grade level's population will be identified for Tier 2 services. In addition to catered small group instruction in the classroom, these students will also receive pull-out instruction with the QUEST teacher approximately once a month.