Identification Process

iLearn Students are screened and evaluated for gifted and talented programming and services via multiple selection criteria. The top 2%-6%* of the student population is typically identified as G&T by national standards. iLearn Schools strives to be inclusive while maintaining these national standards.

I. Ability Categories

II. Identification

UNIVERSAL SCREENING TOOLS

Cognitive Abilities Test™ Screening in Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal Batteries OR Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test

Grades K, 1, 4, 6, 9 and ALL NEW STUDENTS

Above average stanine scores (7, 8, 9) are considered for full evaluation for gifted programming and services. 

*offered Fall 2022

NJ State Student Learning Assessments for Math & ELA

Math & ELA (grades 3-9) and Science (grades 5, 8, 11) Test Scores

Scale Score of 4 or above recommended

Normative Academic Achievement Scores

85%ile ranking or above in the STAR Math and/or STAR Reader assessments are considered for the gifted programming and services for students in grades 3-8.

Pre-SAT Academic and College Readiness test scores for grades 9-12.

Normative Academic Achievement Scores

Top scores in the Basic Skills Assessments, End-Of-Year Assessments, and Running Records are considered for the gifted programming and services for students in grades K-2.

School Grade Point Average of > 3.5 is recommended.

Observational records, including but not limited to attendance, (de)/merit points, teacher recommendations, are taken into consideration along with GPA.

Qualifying list of students are determined via G&T admission matrix based on district data. 

*K-2 Student Data is screened &
evaluated by early December.

FULL ASSESSMENT*

*offered Fall 2022 to students who passed the Initial Cognitive Ability Screener

III. Selection

Students whose weighted admission matrix scores qualify are officially selected and matched with appropriate Gifted and Talented programming and services.

* Exact percentages subject to district level student data
** Offered Spring 2022

IV. Placement

Students who are officially identified as Rising Talent or Gifted and Talented are placed in appropriate Gifted & Talented programming and services. 

Appropriate curricular and instructional modifications in and beyond the classroom via Tier I, II, and Tier III Gifted and Talented programming and services provide intellectually stimulating enrichment opportunities, academic challenges, and platforms for creative expression. Rising Talent Pool students receive Tier II & Tier III services based on space availibility.

TIER I

ACCOMMODATIONS
IN THE CLASSROOM

DIFFERENTIATION

FLEXIBLE GROUPING

ACCELERATION

TWICE-EXCEPTIONALITY

TIER II

ACCOMMODATIONS
BEYOND CLASSROOM

G&T CLUBS

WORKSHOPS

CAMPS / FIELD TRIPS

COUNSELING

PATHWAY TO COLLEGE

TIER III

Highly selective Saturday program offering advanced achievement courses in:

COMPETITIVE MATHEMATICS

LITERATURE & ARTS

COMPUTER SCIENCE / CODING

Students who wish to opt out of / decline G&T programming and services should fill out the Opt Out / Decline G&T Services Form.

OPT OUT / DECLINE G&T SERVICES

V. Exit Procedures

I. Students identified as gifted and talented will be continually monitored and annually re-assessed for the continuing appropriateness of services and/or curricular modifications as well as determine eligibility to continue receiving G&T programming services. Assessments will include:

        • Student data, including relevant test results;
        • Performance, discipline records, and feedback from teaching staff members, and school administration educationally responsible for the student.

II. A student may be deemed ineligible to receive gifted and talented services and/or curricular modifications when:

        • The student’s performance records show a decline;
        • The student does not meet the minimum eligibility criteria for gifted and talented programming and services;
        • The student wishes to decline services and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) consents to withdrawal;
        • The student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) requests to decline services.

III. A student identified as Gifted & Talented may still be deemed ineligible to receive Tier III gifted & talented services, i.e., iStellar, given only the most advanced high achievement students with top relevant scores may be eligible for enrollment.

IV. A recommendation to withdraw a student from the Gifted and Talented program may be made by the student’s classroom teacher, the school administration, the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and, where appropriate, the student. Final decision to withdraw a student from the Gifted and Talented program may be made by the Program Director.

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