Identification & Assessment

Updated on Tue, 08/07/2018 - 2:05pm

Processes for Identifying Students as Gifted/Talented

GT Identifications in Adams 12 Five Star Schools are made by the AAGS department and qualified personnel based on a Body of Evidence (BOE) following criteria set by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The AAGS department evaluates GT Identifications for all Five Star schools, which include boundary schools, magnet schools, and charter schools. See the Gifted & Talented Identification Flowchart below:

The BOE consists of the following forms:

GT Identification: Parent Form (Spanish)

GT Identification: Teacher Form

Parent-School Partnership (Spanish)

Student Interview (Spanish)

Students with exceptional potential can be found in a variety of Areas of Strength. The Twelve Traits of Giftedness and the Profiles of the Gifted & Talented- Matrix provide common characteristics of Gifted & Talented children. See below for more information on the identification of students in the following GT Areas of Strength (Spanish):

Intellectual Ability / Academic Aptitude

Academic Aptitude

General intellectual ability is the potential or demonstrated ability to peform at an exceptionally high level, which is usually reflected in extraordinary performance in a variety of cognitive or academic areas, or consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of one's age, experience, or environment. This is usually shown through advanced achievement scores in one or more areas. Learn More


Creative / Productive  Thinking

Divergent Thinking

Creative students can be recognized by their imaginative thinking ability, and their ability to come up with many, varied, and unusual responses to problems or questions. They solve problems, see problems others do not see, see connections among seemingly unrelated concepts and ideas, find humor in many situations, are imaginative, and make adaptations on ideas and things. Learn More


Leadership Abilities


Students with leadership potential articulate ideas well, orally and/or in written form, have clear opinions on actions and ideas to pursue, and are able to convince others to carry them out. Leaders may be quiet or extroverted. They are skilled at bringing structure to activities on which they are working, at following through, and at cooperating and getting others to cooperate. Learn More 


Visual Arts / Specific Talent Aptitude

Visual / Performing Arts

Artistically or Talent Aptitude identified students exhibit exceptional ability in art or a specific talent, as demonstrated by high-level products and/or performances in the talent area. Artistic students are able to arrive at unique and unconventional solutions to artistic problems. We ask that student's collect and submit a portfolio, which includes many specific requirements for each talent area. All Talent Area student portfolios are collected and reviewed one time in the spring of each school year and are due by April 6 each year. Please see your school's GT Coordinator for more information. Learn More