Identification and Placement
Naperville Community Unit School District 203 ensures that all students are given an opportunity to be screened for placement into programs for the gifted and talented. Identification and placement is determined by both formal assessment as well as teacher rating scales.
Description of Screenings/Tests
The Performance Series (PS) assessment is computer-adaptive, measures the student’s ability level in reading and mathematics, and can support teachers in monitoring academic growth over time.
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) provides a description of the student’s own cognitive resources for learning through measuring verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal abilities. It provides a picture of the student's strengths and weaknesses.
The Iowa Assessments (IOWA) test the student’s ability in the areas of vocabulary, reading, and math. The results show how the student performs against a national sample and against other students in the same grade.The District Placement Tests for Grades 3-6 Honors Math are district developed and locally normed tests, which assess the student’s ability to answer problem solving questions.
The District Placement Test for Grades 7-8 Honors Math 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.The District Placement Tests for Grades 4-8 Project IDEA are district developed and locally normed tests, which assess the student’s ability to answer comprehension questions and write a written response about a given text.The District Placement Test for Grades 4-8 Project IDEA Plus is the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (Figural), which assesses the student’s ability to draw and give a title to their pictures. Their responses are analyzed for fluency, originality, abstraction of titles, elaboration, and resistance to premature closure along with overall creative strengths.
Naperville Community Unit School District 203 (District 203) uses the Renzulli Scales to gain teacher input to assist in the identification and placement of children who are gifted and talented learners.
A team of researchers led by Joseph S. Renzulli created the Renzulli Scales. According to their research, gifted children tend to demonstrate observable behaviors, such as generalizing from complex information, using advanced vocabulary, and grasping underlying principles.
This chart notates the Renzulli Scales referenced for each program.
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