Challenge Identification, Eligibility and Placement Procedures
Valley View School District 365U believes that all students should be given the opportunity to be screened for placement into the district Challenge program. Identification procedures include but are not limited to formal assessments (ability and achievement) and teacher observation. There are four steps for identification and eligibility. An appeals process is included for those parents and/or teachers who want to have a student’s data reviewed. The following criteria outlines the procedures for invitation into a specific program.
Step 1: Nomination
The district automatically screens all Grade 1 students using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3). Students in Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 are screened based on performance on fall district assessment scores. If a student in Grade 2, 3, 4, and 5 has not been screened with the NNAT3 as previously described, a parent or staff who suspects that student may be potentially gifted (based on the description of giftedness), may request in writing further investigation and/or assessment from the building Principal.
Step 2: Screening
Students who are nominated in Step 1 and all students in grade 1 will be assessed on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3). The results from the Naglieri will be sent home to parents. If a student has met the first criterion score for identification of giftedness based on the Naglieri, the district will inform the parent through a letter explaining the next steps. Parents will be asked to complete a form and return it to the building principal. During this same time period, teachers of students who are being considered for program placement may be asked to complete a teacher recommendation form.
Step 3: Data Review
The Challenge Advisory Committee will convene to review all ability, achievement, observation, and performance data on each student identified for consideration into the Challenge program. It is the charge of the committee to determine which students meet all of the criteria for placement based on an evaluation of the whole child. Data will include, but may not be limited to: The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3), NWEA MAP, PARCC, the district RTI report, district common assessments, classroom performance & teacher recommendations.
Step 4: Placement
Eligibility results will be shared by the child’s school. Parent notification letters will be sent by mail to those students considered for placement. Once students accept placement into the Challenge program, they will retain placement during elementary school unless they opt out of the program or concerns are noted with performance that may suggest a more appropriate setting for a child’s learning.
A parent or staff member may appeal the Challenge Advisory Committee’s decision and request that a student’s information be re-evaluated. The process begins with the submission of a written request to the child’s home school principal requesting an appeal.