Gifted Programming

Identification & Appeals

Woodridge District 68 Gifted Definition

In Woodridge District 68, gifted students perform, or show the potential to perform, at remarkably high levels when compared to others of their age, experience or environment. Gifted services are based on academic need, as these students require special instruction not ordinarily provided by the general education classroom.


To determine need, the district developed an educational profile of performance for each student. Each student’s profile included: past and current performance on STAR Reading and STAR Math; parent and teacher observations and comments from the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS); cognitive ability, as measured on the CogAT 7; and other anecdotal observations completed by the building gifted specialist and classroom teachers. The student profile is evaluated by the district’s Gifted Identification Panel. The Gifted Identification Panel included gifted specialists, administrators, psychologists and classroom teachers all trained in gifted education. To determine need, the panel seriously considered all the information on every individual child’s educational profile; they looked for a preponderance of data to determine if there was a need for gifted services.


The decision of the Gifted Identification Panel may be appealed by completing an appeal form found here, under the appeals section. The completed form should be postmarked on or before June 30, 2014. Upon receipt of the appeal form, the appeal committee will reevaluate each student's profile and a decision will be made. Notification will be sent by mail by July 30, 2014. The decision of the appeal committee is final.