Identification for Ignite! & Discover

Identification for Ignite! & Discover

Lakeville Area Public Schools uses an integrated identification process to identify students for gifted services. The Discover program is intended for gifted learners scoring at the 97th percentile or higher in ability and the 95th percentile or higher in reading achievement. The Ignite! program is intended for highly gifted students scoring at the 99th percentile or higher in ability and achievement.

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Ignite! Notification

The Ignite! program starts in third grade. Families of eligible second-grade students (for third-grade placement) will be notified by February 21, 2020. Parents will be invited to a parent information session in early March. Prospective students and families are invited to an Ignite! Open House in mid-March. Families interested in the Ignite! program need to apply by the application deadline of March 19, 2020, at noon. Families of students who do not receive a letter of eligibility may appeal eligibility status for Ignite! by completing a Home Observation Inventory and an Ignite! application. These must be submitted by the Ignite! application deadline. Families are encouraged to contact the Gifted Education Specialist at their child’s school with any questions about the appeal process.

Transferring to Ignite!

Limited spots are available for students wishing to enter Ignite! after the third-grade entry point. Interested families should contact Molly Hammel, Gifted Services Coordinator, for more information regarding qualifying criteria and space availability. Applications for students entering grades 4 and 5 should be submitted by the application deadline. Mid-year transfers to Ignite! are handled on a case-by-case basis for highly qualified candidates.

Out-of-District Candidates

Out-of-district candidates may apply to Ignite! and will be placed if space is available. Qualifying students living in the ISD 194 attendance area will be given first preference. The Ignite! application deadline for students not currently attending a Lakeville Area Public School is February 3, 2020. This includes homeschooled and Lakeville Area Public Schools attendance area students not currently enrolled in ISD 194.

Discover Notification

The Discover program starts in third grade. Families do not need to fill out an application. Families of students who qualify for the Discover program are notified in the spring of second grade for incoming third grade. After the initial entry point of third grade, families are notified as their child becomes eligible.

Appeal Process

Parents or guardians may appeal identification decisions by writing a letter of request for reconsideration to the District Selection Committee. A Home Observation Inventory is required. Staff members may also request further consideration for a student by submitting a Teacher Observation Inventory. The District Selection Committee will review each request and determine appropriate action. Please see the link below for a PDF version of the Home Observation Inventory; if you’d like a Microsoft Word version, please e-mail your school’s gifted specialist.

Appeal Due Dates:

Appeals for the Ignite! program are due by March 19, 2020, and should include an application for Ignite! Appeals for Discover are due by June 28 to ensure the request can be processed before Discover begins the following school year. Requests received during the school year will be processed within 30 days of the request unless additional testing is needed. Students entering Discover mid-year will be placed in the program at the start of the next unit.

Selection Process

The selection process for Discover and Ignite! is done by the District Selection Committee. The selection committee consists of a team of at least two gifted specialists and the elementary gifted coordinator. The Gifted Education Specialist compiles the needed data on students in the talent pool for review by the District Selection Committee. The District Selection Committee reviews all students in the talent pool and determines which students meet criteria for identification for the Discover program and the Ignite! highly gifted program. The committee may also determine if there is a need for additional testing.

Exit Guidelines for Discover or Ignite!

Student performance in Discover and Ignite! is closely monitored. While these programs provide opportunities for challenge and success for most students, they may not match the needs of every student. If a parent, Ignite! teacher, gifted specialist or student voices a concern regarding the student’s placement in gifted services, the ISD 194 Exit Guidelines will be used to determine the appropriate next steps.

For More Information

Families with questions about gifted education identification are encouraged to contact the building gifted education specialist.

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