Kindergarten Identification

  • Kindergarten Screening:

    Kindergarten screening takes place each fall. 

    All kindergarten students are screened through the use of the fall STAR Early Literacy assessment.  Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile will move on for further assessment.

    Further Evaluation:

    Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile on the Fall STAR Early Literacy assessment will take part in small group activities.  These activities are taught by Kindergarten Gifted teachers from the Rockwood Gifted Program.

    • The activities are based on the work of Bertie Kingore and are called the Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI).
    • There are a total of four activities utilized in this round of assessment.
    • The activities take place during normal school days at the student’s school.
    • The activities take approximately 30 minutes each and focus on students’ creative and critical thinking abilities.
    • Students who meet gifted criteria on at least three out of the four activities will be recommended for further testing.
      • Parents of students who meet the criteria will receive a letter in October requesting to schedule a cognitive ability assessment.

    Individualized Assessment:

    Students who meet all screening and testing criteria are eligible to schedule a cognitive ability assessment to be administered sometime from October through the first week of January.  A minimum score at or above 132 in the following areas:  Full-Scale IQ, General Ability Index, or Non-Verbal Index on the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) or the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V).  The age-appropriate cognitive abilities assessment will be selected by the psychometrist at the time of assessment.

    Students that have met screening, testing, and individualized criteria will be notified of the outcome, in writing, within two weeks of completing the final stage of assessment.  Students meeting the aforementioned criteria will be eligible to begin CCL kindergarten in January.

    Private, Parochial, or Homeschooled Kindergarten:

    Kindergarten students who reside in the Rockwood School District boundaries but attend a private or parochial school, or who are homeschooled, may be referred by a parent or teacher to determine if a student is eligible for gifted education services.  Referral forms can be obtained by contacting the CCL Identification Office.  Referred students will be screened and those meeting the screening criteria will be recommended for further testing. 

    • Students will be screened using the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA-3). Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile will be eligible to take part in small group activities.
    • The activities are based on the work of Bertie Kingore and are called the Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI).
      • There are a total of four activities utilized in this round of assessment.
      • The activities take approximately 30 minutes each and focus on students’ creative and critical thinking abilities.
    • Students who meet gifted criteria on at least three out of the four activities will be recommended for a cognitive ability assessment (refer to information from above).

    Rockwood students who are not present during the screening activities may be nominated by a parent or teacher during the second semester.

    • Forms may be obtained by contracting your child’s school counselor or the CCL Identification office. Nominations are due by February 1.
    • Only students who were not present during the fall STAR Early Literacy assessment may be nominated.
    • Students not moving on to the cognitive ability assessment round will be eligible for screening in first grade.
    • Students receiving a cognitive ability assessment will be eligible for screening in second grade.