Processes & 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 can review scores, talk to the teacher, and G/T 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.
6th Grade Placement

Please note, this reflects local score ranges for the 2018-2019 school year. Norms are consistently being evaluated and adjustments may be made for the following school year if necessary.

 

Sixth and Seventh Grade

Each winter, parents and teachers are invited to recommend any sixth- and seventh-grade students, 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 principals will send reminders in their newsletter. Typically, these are students who require differentiation and enrichment in the classroom beyond what is offered and score high on their math pre-assessments.

These students take a verbal cognitive assessment, and the MAP language arts 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 can review scores, talk to the teacher, and G/T 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.

 7th grade ELA placement

8th Grade ELA Placement

Please note, this reflects local score ranges for the 2018-2019 school year. Norms are consistently being evaluated and adjustments may be made for the following school year if necessary.