* Identified gifted students in grades 1-6 are placed in significant cluster groups within heterogeneous classrooms.
* Gifted services are primarily delivered through differentiation of the curriculum by the classroom teachers. Parents will receive a Gifted Newsletter toward the beginning of each quarter identifying specific areas of content differentiation during that instructional time.
* Site Gifted Coordinators serve as consultants to provide resources for teachers, work with small groups, and/or team teach in classrooms.
* Identified gifted students in grades seven through twelve receive services in Pre-Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement courses
*In addition, students are placed in either 7th grade math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra II and beyond depending upon their readiness as determined by the Iowa Algebraic Aptitude Test and the Orleans Hanna test. (The IAAT and OH are given to students who display aptitude in the area of mathematics and qualify to test on our math matrix as early as the end of their fourth grade year.)
* A wide variety of challenging courses, in addition to Pre-Advanced Placement courses, are available in all academic areas to provide opportunities for students to pursue their academic strengths or interests.
* Concurrent enrollment in college coursework is available for qualified high school students.
* Academic competitions as well as extra-curricular activities offer opportunities for gifted students to pursue both their academic strengths as well as other interests.
Please see article below regarding student's enrollment in AP Coursework and future success in college.
*Mike Horn is the High School Gifted Coordinator and can be contacted via email at email@example.com
How does a student qualify for Gifted Services?
Any student who attains the 97th percentile or above on a nationally standardized test of intellectual ability will qualify for Gifted Services at Jenks. Jenks Public Schools uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to qualify our students but accepts other full-scale intelligence tests as approved by the State Department of Oklahoma.
Any student who attains an age-based composite percentile rank at the 95th percentile or above will automatically be placed on the Gifted Identification Matrix. Please note, parents may request that a matrix is completed for students performing below the 95th percentile. The matrix scores, along with achievement scores and parent and teacher checklists, will determine eligibility for gifted education services.
The next testing opportunity is February 27- March 1, 2018. The deadline to register is Friday, January 19, 2018.
What if my child is new to Jenks and was qualified Gifted at his/her previous school? Will he or she be automatically placed in the Gifted Program here?
Jenks Public Schools accepts full-scale Intelligence tests provided by other districts as well as scores from private psychologists when they meet district criteria. For example, tests must have been given within the last 3 years to be deemed qualifying. Otherwise, parents will need to nominate their child for testing at the next available testing time. Again, we automatically qualify students scoring in the 97%ile and above. A matrix can be requested by parents for students scoring below the 95th%ile, but one will not automatically be initiated until that point.
When will Jenks Public Schools offer Gifted Testing?
Jenks Public Schools offers to test in September and again during the second semester each year. This year, the Cognitive Abilities Test will be offered on October 3-5, 2017 and then again February 27-March 1, 2018.
Please note, all 3rd and 6th graders, not already Identified as Gifted, will be tested in February of 2018, unless notification requesting otherwise is provided to the Site Gifted Coordinator. Please note that if your 3rd or 6th-grade student tests in the fall, he/she will not re-test with his/her peers in the spring. Test results are mailed to the home approximately 4-6 weeks after testing.
When is CogAT offered again? How do I nominate my child for testing?
The CogAT will be given on February 27-March1 2018. Parents of students in any may nominate their student for testing (click here for form), beginning December 6th by completing a Parent Nomination Form. These forms will be available at each site office or online via the Jenks Public Schools Webpage. If a nomination is received by a teacher or community member, the parent will be contacted to fill out the nomination form.
Upon completion, please return the nomination form to your site gifted coordinator by Friday, January 19th at 4:00 p.m. Emailed or hard copy nomination forms received after this date will not be guaranteed testing as materials must be ordered in advance. (Students in grades 1 and 2 especially must adhere to the deadline as these tests are consumable and fairly exact numbers are ordered for each testing session.)
What if I miss a deadline for paperwork?
Unfortunately, dates are very firm. The district must adhere to strict guidelines for all testing in order to have materials prepared in time for testing, which takes approximately three weeks time. If you are close to the deadline, please do not mail the form but hand-deliver to the office or Gifted Coordinator at your child's site. Please check our calendar often and call or email us with any questions.
Are make-ups provided for CogAT?
Make-ups will not be provided unless there is an unexpected illness or family emergency.
Unexcused tardies will not be made up. Please look for a reminder note the day before testing with specific information regarding testing times at your child's campus.
What is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)?
The CogAT is offered to students to determine eligibility for gifted education services in Jenks Public Schools. Students, grades 1-12, are eligible to take the test once per twelve-month period and may be nominated by a parent, teacher or community member.
What does CogAT measure?
CogAT measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute greatly to school achievement.
How do the three batteries of CogAT differ?
1. The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.
2. The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem solving in mathematics and other disciplines.
3. The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems. They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them.
How often can my child take the CogAT?
Students may take the CogAT one time per calendar year. For example, if a student takes the test in September, he/she cannot take it again when it's offered in the spring...but would have to wait until the following September to test again.
How and when will I receive my child's CogAT scores?
The scores will be mailed to your home approximately 4-6 weeks after testing occurs.
I need more information...
Please contact Dana Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Please click here to access the Jenks Public Schools Gifted Plan.
Jenks Public Schools telephone number: 918-299-4415 (extensions listed below)
Executive Director for Teaching and Learning:
Shan Glandon x2260 email@example.com
District Gifted Education Coordinator:
Dana Stokes 918-630-2282 firstname.lastname@example.org
Site Gifted Education Coordinators:
Stephanie Keester x5070 email@example.com
Wanda Gooden x5874 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Storm x6162 email@example.com
Sarah Onorato x1726 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Powers x5174 email@example.com
Alicia Gillean x3000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Stokes x5243 email@example.com
Freshman Academy & High School:
Mike Horn x2666 firstname.lastname@example.org
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