Processes and Identification for Language Arts

  • Fifth Grade

    Each year, all students in fifth grade are assessed to determine Language Arts placement for sixth grade. Students take a verbal cognitive assessment and the MAP reading assessment. This assessment data, along with classroom performance, are considered to make placement recommendations. Students in advanced courses typically score in the “well above district average” and “exceptional” ranges. If the testing does not match classroom performance – a student consistently requires enrichment in the classroom and performs well above peers – the committee will collect additional information to determine placement. This may include a one-on-one local assessment where students read and write in response to text, additional feedback from the teacher, and an evaluation of classroom data.

    In spring, letters are mailed home to all fifth-grade families to share the placement recommendation. Parents should review scores and talk to the teacher as well as the G/T Services Coordinator at their building and determine if they would like to appeal the recommendation. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home.


    Sixth and Seventh Grade

    Each winter, parents and teachers can recommend their sixth- and seventh-grade student(s), who are not currently placed in Advanced Language Arts, to be re-assessed for placement the following year (for seventh or eighth grade). Information and nomination forms will be available on the website in December and the NBJH principal will send reminders in the newsletter. Typically, these are students who require significant differentiation and enrichment in the classroom.

    These students take a verbal cognitive assessment and the MAP reading assessment. This assessment data, along with classroom performance, are considered to make placement recommendations. Students in advanced courses typically score in the “well above district average” and “exceptional” ranges. If the testing does not match classroom performance – a student consistently requires enrichment in the classroom and performs well above peers – the committee will collect additional information to determine placement. This may include a one-on-one local assessment where students read and write in response to text, additional feedback from the teacher, and an evaluation of classroom data. 

    In spring, letters are mailed home to share the placement recommendation. Parents should review scores and talk to the teacher as well as NBJH G/T Services Coordinator and determine if they would like to appeal the recommendation. Appeals are conducted through the end of the school year and final placement letters are sent home.