PEDAL Identification

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  • General Identification Information


    Equitable Access:  

    Since WPS enrolls a high proportion of students of poverty (72% FRL) and English learners (40%), it is especially crucial that we put non-discriminatory, yet rigorous, eligibility and identification policies in place.  In doing so, our district utilizes a tiered approach that pulls together a variety of student data and information that provides an holistic picture of the child’s strengths, interests and curiosities. Data includes both quantitative and qualitative measure including, but not limited to, the CogAT Form 7, observation scales, student portfolio assessments and student interviews.


    Eligible PEDAL Students:  

    Once found eligible, the school’s PEDAL Advocate will make a personal phone call within two business day to the parent to notify them of the child’s eligibility.  As well, parents are invited to the school to collaborate in the development of their child’s Accelerated Learning Plan (ALP). A formal letter of eligibility is then mailed as a follow up to the phone conversation. Once ALPs are developed, copies are sent to the parent and all pertinent licensed staff of the eligible student, including the mental health provider, if such services are needed from the plan.


    Want to refer a student for PEDAL Identification?  Contact your PEDAL School Advocate.  

    For addtional state resources, please go to the CDE Gifted and Talented Identification Website.


  • WPS PEDAL Identification Process-A Two-Pronged Approach 


    Prong I:


    In order to screen for students that may have very high academic aptitudes, we utilize our district’s Alpine Achievement database to select each student that may warrant further review by our PEDAL team for the purposes of eligibility.  Students with high achievement on district and state tests may not necessarily result in a PEDAL eligibility. Only when a student meets our rigorous criteria does s/he become eligible.

    Prong II:


    For all other students that may be eligible for PEDAL in a non-academic area (e.g., general cognitive ability, leadership, performing and creative arts, etc.), referrals are made by parents or teachers based on data and information already in their possession (e.g., CogAT screeners, recitals/stage performances, community leadership activities, etc.), which would trigger a formal referral and the collection of a body of evidence. 


  • PEDAL Student Referral Process

    1. Teacher, parents, or any other stakeholder completes a referral and sends to the PEDAL Department using our Google PEDAL Referral Form.  
      1. If parents wish to proceed, then continue with process.  
      2. If parents deny, then stop process and make note in referral spreadsheet.    
    2. The PEDAL Department will review the referral and determine next steps on the PEDAL Referral Form Responses and notify the school-level PEDAL Advocate.  
    3. The PEDAL Advocate will pull together a body of evidence that supports identification in a student’s area of strength.
      1. PEDAL Advocate includes body of evidence on Google referral sheet.  
      2. The school team and PEDAL leadership will collaboratively determine identification for PEDAL or Talent Pool.
    4. The PEDAL Advocate is encouraged to notify parents by phone when a student is identified as PEDAL or will be added to the Talent Pool list.
Last Modified on June 27, 2019