Identification and Placement

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 ensures that all students are given an opportunity to be screened for placement into academically talented and gifted services each year. See Description of Services to learn more about these services. Identification and placement are determined by both formal assessments as well as teacher rating scales. Data collected during the identification process are placed on a matrix to determine if placement in academically talented and gifted services is appropriate. Students enrolled in academically talented and gifted services do not need to re-qualify for ongoing placement.

     

    IDENTIFICATION AND PLACEMENT CRITERIA AND DESCRIPTIONS

    Naperville CUSD 203 uses multiple criteria to determine whether placement in gifted and talented services would be appropriate. No one criterion, on its own, provides a conclusive decision as to whether a student should be placed into these services. Rather, the five criteria, taken together, provide a holistic picture of a student and are used collectively to determine if placement would be appropriate.

    NWEA MAP Growth (MAP)

    MAP is a nationally-normed, computer-adaptive test that measures the student’s ability level in reading and mathematics.

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    CogAT is a nationally-normed test that provides a description of the student’s own cognitive resources for learning by measuring verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.

    Iowa Assessments (IOWA)

    IOWA is a nationally-normed test that measures student achievement in reading, vocabulary, and mathematics.

    Placement Tests

    The placement tests for Grades 3-6 Honors Math and Grades 4-8 Project IDEA are district-developed and locally-normed assessments, the placement test for Grades 7-8 Honors Math is the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT), and the placement test for Grades 4-8 Project IDEA Plus is the Figural Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT). Both the IAAT and the TTCT are nationally-normed tests.

     

    IDENTIFICATION AND PLACEMENT FLOWCHARTS

    Flowchart for Placement into Grade 3 Honors Math

    Flowchart for Placement into Grade 4-6 Honors Math, Project IDEA, or Project IDEA Plus

    Flowchart for Placement into Grade 7-8 Honors Math, Project IDEA, or Project IDEA Plus  

    Flowchart for Students New to the District

     

    IDENTIFICATION AND PLACEMENT TIMELINES

    Fall 2023 Timeline

    Timeline for Placement into Grade 3 Honors Math

    Winter/Spring 2024 Timelines

    Now updated for 23-24!

    Timeline for Placement into Grades 4-6 Honors Math, Project IDEA, or Project IDEA Plus

    Timeline for Placement into Grades 7-8 Honors Math, Project IDEA, or Project IDEA Plus

    New Student Timeline

    Timeline for Placement of Students New to the District

     

    PLACEMENT MATRICES

    Honors Mathematics

    Honors Math Placement Matrix Grades 3-8

    Project IDEA

    Project IDEA Placement Matrix Grades 4-8

    Project IDEA Plus

    Project IDEA Plus Placement Matrix Grades 4-8

     

    Additional Information about the Placement Tests  

    PLACEMENT TESTS

    Honors Mathematics, Grades 3-6

    The placement test for each grade is a district-developed and locally-normed test that assesses the student’s ability to answer challenging problem-solving questions. Each test is a paper-pencil test and is not multiple choice. Students can receive partial credit for showing their thinking as they solve the given problems.

    Honors Mathematics, Grades 7-8

    The placement test is the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT), which assesses the student’s ability in the areas of pre-algebraic number skills and concepts, interpreting mathematical information, representing relationships, and using symbols. IAAT is a nationally-normed test and is a paper-pencil test.

    Project IDEA, Grades 4-8

    The placement test for each grade is a district-developed and locally-normed test that assesses the student’s ability to answer multiple-choice, reading comprehension questions and compose a written response about complex texts. The test is a paper-pencil test.

    Project IDEA Plus, Grades 4-8

    The placement test for each grade is the Figural Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT), which uses three picture-based exercises to assess five mental characteristics and creative strengths. TTCT is a nationally-normed test and is a paper-pencil test.