Students New to the District at the Beginning of the School Year

  • Gifted Identification & Placement Process for Students NEW to Naperville School District 203
    Students new to the district can be tested for identification and placement in our gifted services – Grades 3-8 Honors Math, Grades 4-8 Project IDEA, and/or Grades 4-8 Project IDEA Plus. Services begin second trimester in Grade 3 with Honors Math. For a description of these programs, please visit Elementary and/or Junior High Programs and Services. 
     
    STUDENTS NEW TO THE DISTRICT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR 
    Elementary Identification and Placement
    Identification
    • Once a student is enrolled, parents may request testing for gifted services at the student’s school.
    • Testing takes place at the student’s new school once school begins in August.
    • Testing begins with the Performance Series tests in math and reading. 
    • If a student scores 90 or above on the Performance Series, further testing is necessary to complete the matrix and determine placement.  
    • Further testing includes
      • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
      • IOWA Assessment in math and/or reading
      • Honors Math, Project IDEA, and/or Project IDEA Plus district placement tests
    • EXCEPTION – If there is some evidence that an elementary student may qualify for Project IDEA Plus, please contact the Coordinator of Gifted Services via email – giftedservices@naperville203.org to request summer gifted testing.  See the junior high process below.
    Placement
    • Once all testing is completed, scores are placed on a matrix to determine placement.  
    • Matrices can be accessed HERE
      • Renzulli Scales, a teacher observation inventory, is waived for new students.  
      • Therefore, a new student will be placed in Honors Math or Project IDEA with 8 points on the matrix. A new student will be placed in Project IDEA Plus with 4 points on the matrix.
     
    Junior High Identification and Placement
    Identification
    • Parents may receive a summer testing registration form upon enrollment OR after enrollment, a parent may email Laurie DeKruiff - ldekruiff@Naperville203.org to request the form.
    • Summer testing 
      • Takes place two days during the last week of July
      • 8:30 - 11 a.m. each day
      • Madison Junior High – 1000 River Oak Dr., Naperville 
      • Includes Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Iowa Assessment
    • Students that qualify for further testing will receive an email.
      • Includes Honors Math, Project IDEA, and/or Project IDEA Plus district placement tests
      • Takes place two days the first week of August
      • 8:30 - 11 a.m. each day
      • Madison Junior High – 1000 River Oak Dr., Naperville
    • Performance Series tests in math and/or reading 
      • The testing window for Performance Series opens August 20.
    • NOTE – if a student cannot participate on these days, testing will be completed with school counselors once school begins. 
    • NOTE -- Mathematic coursework from previous districts can be reviewed to aid in determining placement in Honors Math. Contact the coordinator of gifted services via email – giftedservices@naperville203.org or via phone at 630-420-6551 to share curriculum documentation.
    Placement
    • Once all testing is completed, scores are placed on a matrix to determine placement.  
    • Matrices can be accessed HERE
      • Renzulli Scales, a teacher observation inventory, is waived for new students.  
      • Therefore, a new student will be placed in Honors Math or Project IDEA with 8 points on the matrix. A new student will be placed in Project IDEA Plus with 4 points on the matrix.