Equity of Access to Gifted Services

Rochester Public Schools strives to inform all parents, students, and staff about the gifted services opportunities available to students. 

Rochester Public Schools Follows Best Practices in Identifying Gifted Learners from All Backgrounds

Some districts require a teacher recommendation before a  student can be considered for gifted services. The result can be that students who are culturally, linguistically, and/or economically diverse are overlooked. RPS uses the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) and the NWEA/MAP (Northwestern Evaluation Assessment/Measures of Educational Progress) tests to consider every child every year. The CogAT is given in grades 2 and 4; the NWEA/MAP is given twice or three times per year. For students who may not test well, there is a portfolio option to be considered for services.

For more information, contact the Gifted Services office at 328-4299 or visit: > Departments > Curriculum and Instruction > Gifted Services 


Start Seeing Gifted English Language Learners

There are plenty of gifted English Language Learners, but they may not receive high marks on standardized tests.   The gifted services staff reviews all elementary student scores annually but would welcome parents and teachers to recommend students who do not qualify via test scores to complete a portfolio be considered for gifted services.  Parents and teachers are urged to contact the secretary of Gifted Services at 328-4299 to register for a portfolio.

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