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Reported by terri_russell@ipsd.org on 9/3/18

September, 2018

Dear Brooks Parents,

District 204 offers a myriad of academic programming to meet the needs of our students. Certain programs require additional assessment and information gathering in order to determine appropriate placement for our students. Below, you will find specific information regarding the Project Arrow Gifted Program and the Math Acceleration Program. For planning purposes, the assessment schedule is highlighted below. It will also be discussed at our Academically Talented Parent Night which will be held on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30-7:15.

Project Arrow Elementary Gifted Program

All students benefit from differentiation of instruction and curriculum. Those who demonstrate potential far beyond that of their age-level peers may need opportunities beyond the regular classroom.

On January 11, Brooks will send letters via backpack to parents of students in grades 2-5 if their child has been recommended for testing.
Students in grades 3 and 4 already in the Project Arrow Program will continue and further testing is not necessary (For students currently in the program in Grade 5, see the last bullet point below.)
If you are questioning why your child has not been recommended for further testing, contact your child’s teacher before January 16. Together, you will review relevant data, work samples, and characteristics. A collaborative decision would then be made to determine the need for further testing.
Testing will occur January 28-February 8. Students who already have a CogAT on file (results are valid for two years), are not retested for the CogAT. Previous scores are used.
Parents will be notified of qualification at the end of April. Children qualifying will begin services the following school year (19-20).
Grade 5 students already in the Project Arrow Program must re-qualify for the middle school replacement gifted program which consists of two strands: math and reading. These students will take the assessments for the reading program qualification during the January 28-February 8 window referenced above. Existing math acceleration students will ALL receive additional math testing opportunities during their MA class period on March 4-15. Informational letters will come home in February.

Please note – Students coming from a gifted program outside of District 204 do not automatically qualify for the gifted program in District 204 (Project Arrow). A file review will occur to determine qualification, or
if further testing is warranted.


Math Acceleration Program

The Math Acceleration Program begins in third grade and continues each year through middle school. Math Acceleration is for students who demonstrate a strong knowledge base of computational and problem-solving skills and are beginning to apply their knowledge in more complex ways.

By February 15, parents of students in grades 3-5 will be notified if their children have been recommended for testing. Please note: ALL SECOND graders are tested as part of the district census testing.
Students already in the Math Acceleration Program will continue and further testing is not necessary.
If you are questioning why your child has not been recommended for further testing, contact your child’s teacher by February 22. Together, you will review relevant data, work samples, and characteristics. A collaborative decision will then be made to determine the need for further testing.
During March 4-15, all second graders and recommended students in grades 3-5 will be tested.
Parents will be notified of qualification by the end of April. Children qualifying for Math Acceleration will begin the following school year.


In order to meet the testing deadlines referenced throughout this letter, it is critical that participating students be in attendance during the testing windows, barring illness. We hope you find this information useful as you review our process for qualification into these programs. Should you have further questions, you may contact your child’s teacher, Keeley Schmid, Student Services Coordinator or Siobhan Berendt, Project Arrow teacher. You can also find specific district information at the IPSD 204 Academically Talented District Website.


Sincerely,
Terri Russell
Principal

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