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1 R2464.DR Page 1 of 8 M A. Identification and Selection 1. Classroom teachers will be familiar with the criteria for identifying gifted and talented students and will be alert to students who exhibit those criteria. The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non discriminatory and related to the programs and services offered by the district. 2. Students at the elementary level can be recommended for placement in the District Gifted and Talented Program by a teacher or by a parent via a Parent Nomination Form. Students at the middle school level can be recommended by a teacher, the Lead Counselor or a parent. 3. For students at the elementary level, the Gifted and Talented Program teacher will review the cumulative files of all nominated students against the criteria identifying gifted and talented students. The review will include consideration of classroom achievements, the results of standardized testing, and teaching staff member observation reports. 4. The Gifted and Talented Program teacher or district supervisor will confer with past and present teachers of any student identified in the review of files and of any student recommended for screening. B. Selection Criteria Students will be considered for participation in the Gifted and Talented Program when compared to their peers within the district. A student will be considered for participation in the Gifted and Talented Program who: C. Program 1. Has high levels of standardized test scores in specific academic areas as compared to their district peers; 2. Is highly motivated to achieve academically and seeks additional challenge; 3. Consistently demonstrates excellent academic performance (report cards, grade level benchmark assessments, etc.); 4. Is identified by teachers and other staff members as possessing exceptional academic aptitude in a specific area; 5. Consistently demonstrates intellectual or creative ability of a nature not readily susceptible to testing; or 6. Displays an extraordinary artistic creative talent with a high degree of self motivation. 1. When a student has been identified as gifted or talented, the Gifted and Talented Program teacher will:

2 R2464.DR Page 2 of 8 a. Confer with the student s parent or legal guardian on the goals of the student s program and secure the parent or legal guardian's cooperation and permission for the student s participation in the program, b. Interview each selected student for additional information about the student and for guidance in establishing an enriched educational program for the student, c. Confer with the student s teacher about a proposed educational program for the student, 2. The enrichment needs of gifted and talented students can be met through a wide variety of activities and teaching strategies. Appropriate curricular and instructional modifications will be developed for gifted students and the program will address appropriate content, process, products and learning environment. 3. Each student s program will seek to involve the student in all subject areas that can provide growth and stimulation in higher cognitive processes, such as interpretation, extrapolation, translation, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. 4. The enriched educational program for a gifted or talented student may consist of: a. Additional classroom projects and assignments, b. Special classes in appropriate academic areas, c. Out of class sessions with the ACE or AIM teacher, d. Independent projects in after school sessions supervised by the ACE, AIM and Humanities teachers, e. General information, as well content specific information, as provided for in the curriculum frameworks developed by the New Jersey Department of Education. 5. A classroom teacher may provide for the needs of gifted and talented students by: a. Presenting content material that is related to broad based issues, themes or problems, b. Integrating multiple disciplines into the study area, c. Allowing for in depth learning of a topic selected by the student within the study area, d. Developing the student s independent and self directed study skills, e. Developing research skills and methods, f. Integrating higher level thinking skills into the curriculum,

3 R2464.DR Page 3 of 8 D. Exit Procedures g. Focusing on open ended tasks, h. Using new techniques, materials and forms, i. Encouraging the development of self understanding, and j. Encouraging self appraisal and evaluation. 1. Each student identified as gifted or talented will be assessed annually for the continuing appropriateness of his or her enriched program. Assessment will include: a. Interviews with the student, the student s parent or legal guardian, and teaching staff members educationally responsible for the student, b. Review of the student s file, including relevant test results and progress, c. Review of the student s work in the preceding school year. 2. The program will be revised as required to meet the student s needs and interests. 3. The student may be withdrawn from the Gifted and Talented Program when: a. The student s academic record indicates a decline in performance, b. The student wishes to withdraw and his or her parent or legal guardian consents to withdrawal, or c. The student s parent or legal guardian requests withdrawal. 4. A decision to withdraw a student from the Gifted and Talented Program will be made by the student s classroom teacher and/or the district supervisor, the Principal and/or designee, the student s parent or legal guardian, and, where appropriate, the student. Mandated Issued: 22 November 1999 Revised: 23 June 2003 Revised: 29 November 2010 Revised: 30 May 2012 Revised: 28 April 2014

4 R2464.DR Page 4 of 8 THE EWING PUBLIC SCHOOLS Selection Criteria for Elementary Academically Talented Math Program (AIM) Initial Nomination: Parent Teacher Name: School: /4: Problem Solving Test Entering Grades 3 and 4 Primary form Entering Grade 5 Intermediate form >130 = 4 points = 3 points = 2 points = 1 point /4: Standardized Test Grade: Date: Entering Grade 3 Renaissance Learning STAR Mathematics Assessment Percentile Rank (PR): = 4 points = 3 points = 2 points = 1 point Entering Grades 4 and 5 NJ ASK Math Section: Advanced Proficient ( ) = 4 points Advanced Proficient ( ) = 3 points Advanced Proficient ( ) = 2 points Proficient ( ) = 1 point /4: Reasoning Test Entering Grades 3 and 4 Use K 3 form Quotients from Normal Normative Sample Entering Grade 5 Use G4 8 form Quotients from Normal Normative Sample >130 = 4 points = 3 points = 2 points = 1 point / 12: Total AIM Placement Evaluation Score: Student must score 9 points or higher to be included in the AIM Program. The maximum possible point total is 12.

5 R2464.DR Page 5 of 8 The Ewing Public Schools Selection Criteria for the Academically Talented Elementary Language Program (ACE) Name: School: Grade: Date: Standardized Test(s) or Assessments Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Assessment Scaled Score: Entering 3 rd Grade: Entering 4 th Grade: Entering 5 th Grade: NJ ASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) or other Standardized Assessments (Rising 4 th and 5 th graders only): Advanced Proficient Score Proficient Score Diagnostic Reading Assessment, 2 nd Edition (DRA2) Entering 3 rd Grade: Entering 4 th Grade: DRA 40 Reading Level Q/R DRA 38 Reading Level P DRA 38 Reading Level O DRA 34 Reading Level N DRA 60 Reading Level U/V DRA 50 Reading Level T DRA 50 Reading Level S DRA 40 Reading Level R Entering 5 th Grade: DRA 80 Reading Level Y/Z DRA 70 Reading Level X DRA 70 Reading Level W DRA 60 Reading Level V Writing Sample: Students entering Grades 3, 4 or 5: 60 minute (maximum) in class responsive writing sample: Teacher will present an anchor text for students to read independently Students will be asked to use that anchor text to write a response to a text specific open ended question As students complete the writing task, they will be dismissed back to class Assessment based on Comprehension of Key Ideas and Details: Points Earned Possible Points Ranges: Students entering Grades 3 4: 0 Students entering Grade 5: 0

6 R2464.DR Page 6 of 8 Demonstrates accurate and full comprehension of the anchor text Understands central ideas presented in the text References the text explicitly in written response Gifted Evaluation Score 2: Students entering Grades 3, 4 or 5: Intellectual: Creativity: Academic Aptitude: Total Points Awarded 2 3 Standard Scores >13 = 1 Standard Score >13 =

7 R2464.DR Page 7 of 8 THE EWING PUBLIC SCHOOLS Recommendation for Humanities: A Class for Academically Talented Readers Student: Teacher: Grade: Dear Teacher: Please use this form to rate your most exceptional and promising Language Arts Reading and Writing students. This information will help in determining a student s eligibility for placement in the Humanities Program for the coming year. Please return this form to the District Supervisor of Language Arts Literacy by.thank you. Part 1: Grades Please list the grades this student has earned in both Language Arts Reading and Writing for this school year. Reading Writing MP 1 Grade MP 2 Grade MP 3 Grade Current MP 4 Part 2: Teacher Recommendation YES NO Writes and talks in imaginative and coherent ways Organizes text in a manner that is exceptional for the student s age Expresses ideas succinctly and elegantly Writes with a flair for metaphorical and poetic expression Justifies opinions convincingly Easily grasps the essence of a writing style and adapts it to personal use Can capture and maintain the attention of an audience by using drama and humor in imaginative ways Engages creatively and seriously with social and moral issues expressed in literature Shows special awareness of language features, such as intonation, rhyme, accents of language, and grammatical organization in written texts Presents reasoned arguments at the hypothetical or abstract level in both spoken and written language Demonstrates an ability to work independently Part 3: Standardized Assessments NJ ASK5 NJ ASK6 NJ ASK7 Relevant Benchmark Data

8 R2464.DR Page 8 of 8 THE EWING PUBLIC SCHOOLS Recommendation for Gifted & Talented Mathematics at Fisher Middle School Student: Teacher: Grade: Dear Teacher: Please use this form to rate your most exceptional and promising Mathematics students. This information will help in determining a student s eligibility for placement in the Gifted and Talented Mathematics Program for the coming year. Please return this form to the District Supervisor of Mathematics by.thank you. Part 1: Grades Please list the grades this student has earned in Mathematics for this school year. MP 1 Grade MP 2 Grade MP 3 Grade Current MP 4 Mathematics Part 2: Teacher Recommendation YES NO Quickly formulates steps to solve mathematical problems Recognizes mathematical patterns and relationship Organizes data in a flexible manner (i.e., graphic representations, tables, etc.) Generalizes ideas and principles from one mathematical problem to another Enjoys and is persistent in solving difficult problems and manipulating numbers Understands mathematical principles quickly Easily distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information in mathematical problems Uses creative or unusual strategies to solve mathematical problems Uses correct mathematical language Is discovery oriented (makes and attempts to validate conjectures) Quickly formulates steps to solve mathematical problems Part 3: Standardized Assessments NJ ASK5 NJ ASK6 NJ ASK7 Relevant Benchmark Data

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