1. Our identification process begins with Renzulli's Talent Pool Identification Plan. With the Talent Pool approach, the intent is to be inclusive, to "cast a wide net." Every child in grades K-8 will be assessed, even if parents or teachers do not nominate a student as an AAE candidate.
2. Data is collected on every candidate in that pool. Data includes teacher feedback from previous year teacher, teacher feedback from current year teacher, standardized test scores (NJ-SLA if available, and AimsWeb spring and fall assessments), grade point average, DRA level and/or work samples, COGATs (administered in the spring). This info is collected by Ms. Meyer.
3. The data for each candidate is reviewed by administration, Ms. Meyer and the classroom teacher. There is no standard "cutoff number," as it fluctuates based on the instructional levels offered in the general ed classroom. Based on this data, a determination is made as to whether a student's needs are being met in the general ed classroom or if a student would benefit from AA&E services.
4. Parents of all candidates and all teachers will be notified of the results of the data review.
5. AA&E services begin for identified students after parental permission is obtained.
Please note this page used to contain a Parent Nomination form. Since all students in K-8 are assessed, the parent nomination form is no longer necessary. Parents are, of course, welcome to call/meet to discuss our AAE program at any time!