Early Learning Center
Director of Special Programs: Amanda Clark
Assistant Director of Special Programs: Ivette Dubiel
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The mission of the Academically Talented Program is to provide appropriate educational opportunities for those students who display attributes associated with academic talent in reading and in math.
The Academically Talented Program nurtures risk-taking and individual growth, values learning and knowledge, and promotes critical and creative thinking.
Academically Talented students in third, fourth, and fifth grades receive direct teaching instruction from the AT resource teacher in the areas of math and/or reading.
If a student has been identified in one subject, math or reading, he/she will receive 60 minutes of instruction per week in the AT resource classroom. If a student has been identified in both subject areas, he/she will receive 120 minutes of instruction per week in the AT resource classroom: 60 minutes for AT math and 60 minutes for AT reading instruction.
The third through fifth grade identification process begins with the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
All second, third, and fourth grade students will take this achievment test. At this time, second through fourth grade students will be screened for the AT Program. Students with a 92-percentile or higher on either the current school year's fall/winter MAP test or prior school year's spring MAP test will continue in the screening process.
Any second through fourth grade students who met the minimum requirements on the MAP test will take the CogAT ability test. CogAT tests are sent out of the district to be scored. Upon return, scores are screened for minimum requirements.
Notification letters are sent home to any student who took the CogAT test.
What is the TOMAG?
The TOMAG is a standardized, norm-referenced test that measures a student’s ability to use mathematical reasoning and mathematical problem solving as opposed to computation.
Who takes the TOMAG assessment?
All students who are identified by the district as academically talented in mathematics will take this assessment. The results are used by the classroom teacher and AT teacher to provide further educational opportunities for AT math students.
When will my child take the TOMAG?
All third and fourth grades AT math students will take this assessment in the fall, and qualifying students will begin additional pullout services shortly thereafter.
Students will continue to receivepullout services in fifth grade based on the results of the TOMAG test given in fourth grade.
Any new student will take this assessment upon identification for AT math services.
What services will my child receive?
One additional AT pullout session per week is provided. While attending this pullout session, students are introduced to and explore new mathematical concepts. There is no additional homework or material needed for this pullout session. This class is called Math Investigations.
How will I know if my child qualified?
Parents/Guardians will be notified via letter if their child qualifies for this additional pullout session.
Illinois Association for Gifted Children
National Association for Gifted Children
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Center for Talent Development
The “all things gifted” page
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