Identification Process

  • ELEMENTARY:

    All second grade students are screened for possible admission to the Gifted Education Program beginning of December/January

    • This initial screening consists of a non-verbal reasoning ability test. (Matrix Analogies Test)
    • the top 35% of students are then identified for further screening consisting of ability tests OLSAT and cogAT (IQ).  December on the Mark Scores are also used.
    • Teacher/Parent rating Checklists are another tool.
    • Using a matrix and a weighed profile for selection, students are then identified for the Gifted Education Program at the close of their second grade year. 

    JUNIOR HIGH:

    Students entering the Kankakee Junior High School are then re-identified for the Honors program.

    • Students are evaluated on Achievement (ITBS) and Ability Tests (ISAT) taken at the fifth and sixth grade levels.
    • Score obtained on the IOWA algebra Aptitude Test (given at the end of the sixth grade) are used as part of the qualifying matrix.
    • The CosAT(IQ) given at the 5th grade is also an evaluating tool.
    • Using a matrix and weighed profile for selection, students' scores are ranked and the  final section for the Hono

    NEW STUDENTS:

    New students entering the District may qualify at any time.  All entering students will be evaluated and entered into the matrix and ranked with the other qualified gifted students.