Rochester Public Schools strives to inform all parents, students and staff
about the gifted services opportunities available to students.
Here are links to some articles about equity of access.
Rochester Public Schools Follows Best Practices in Identifying Gifted Learners form 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, visit Rochester.k12.mn.us > Departments > Curriculum and Instruction > Gifted Services or contact the gifted services office at 328-4299.
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.