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 and Step 2: Screening
The district automatically screens all Grade 1 students using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) in December/January (based on overall assessment load each school year). Students in Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 are screened in February based on performance on fall and winter 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 member 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 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
The results from the Naglieri will be sent home to parents/guardians with a determination of Challenge program eligibility. If a student qualifies for the program, parents will also receive a packet of information, including a permission form, a sibling transfer request form, and a Challenge school fact sheet. During this same time period, teachers of students who are being considered for program placement may be asked to complete a teacher recommendation form.
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. The home school principal will then make an initial decision on the merits of the appeal. Appeals that proceed result in further data review by district staff and possibly further assessment of the student's ability level. A final determination of eligibility will be communicated to the parent/guardian at the conclusion of the appeals process.
Students invited into the Challenge program will need a completed permission form (and sibling transfer form, if needed) turned in by the deadline set in the invitation letter from the school district. For all grade levels, appeals for Challenge eligibility must be communicated to the home school principal within 30 days of receiving notice of eligibility. Appeals will not be considered after this deadline. (For the 2016-17 school year, the deadline will be May 1, 2017.)
*This information is subject to change. Please contact your home school principal with any questions or clarifications.
Grade 1 - students meeting all three requirements below:
- a score on the Naglieri (NNAT3) at or above the 90th percentile (score of 120+)
- a score on the first grade NWEA MAP - Math at or above the 80th percentile
- a score on the first grade NWEA MAP - Reading at or above the 80th percentile
Grade 2-4 - students meeting all three requirements below:
- a score on the Naglieri (NNAT3) of 120 or more (at or above the 90th percentile)
- a score on the current year NWEA MAP - Math at or above the 90th percentile
- a score on the current year NWEA MAP - Reading at or above the 90th percentile