Overview and Criteria
The Kindergarten through second grade teacher evaluates the academic needs of each student and builds a framework for implementation of the Standard Course of Study. There are times when some students exhibit gifted characteristics and they need differentiated instruction with special emphasis on higher level thinking and/or more advanced work. Through a collaborative process, the classroom teacher, AG teacher, and Team for Academically Gifted review the needs of such students to facilitate appropriate instruction. The collaborative team reviews assessments in and reading math to determine if the K-2 curriculum may be differentiated by the content, process, or products in order to provide challenging experiences that enable K-2 students to develop their knowledge and skills to the fullest.
K-2 Screening/Needs Assessment Process
Procedures for recommending a student for K-2 differentiated instruction are:
Classroom teacher observes the student that demonstrates the gifted characteristics as noted on the Gifted Rating Scaleand collaborates with the AG teacher.
Classroom teacher provides three documented observations, a completed Gifted Rating Scale, and samples of student work that exhibit above grade level ability.
Classroom teacher refers the student to the TAG Team to make them aware of the student’s need and for support in differentiating instruction appropriately
Parents are invited to conference with the TAG Team.
Students are reviewed each quarter by the classroom teacher and AG teacher to address the progress of the student to ensure his/her academic needs are being met.
The criteria that is used to determine whether or not the student would receive consultative services:
Reading Level is 2 years above grade level placement
Math Level is 2 years above grade placement
Work samples rated as excellent
Performance rated as excellence
Teacher observations indicate a strong need for differentiation
Services for K-2 Consultative Support
Consultative Services: AG teacher collaborates with the regular classroom teacher to differentiate Instruction.
Clustering: Assignment to a classroom with other students that demonstrate the need for differentiated instruction.
Curriculum Compacting: Curriculum will be adapted to meet student’s needs
Subject Acceleration: Pending Principal’s approval
Grade Acceleration: Pending Principal’s approval