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Douglas County Academic Acceleration Procedure

 

Academic Acceleration K-8

 

Referrals for students to be evaluated and assessed shall be made by completing the Request for Consideration of Acceleration and submitting it to the building principal. The acceleration evaluation team will consist of teachers (sending and possible receiving teacher), counselor, principal, gifted teacher, appropriate area Director, Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement and Leadership, parents, Director of Gifted and Gifted Evaluator. The principal will convene the team to analyze student records and to determine if there is evidence to warrant consideration of academic acceleration.

 

Evidence for acceleration includes the following:

 

I.              Procedures for Request for Consideration of Acceleration, and Initial Screening

A.    Teachers, counselors, parents, or guardians may initiate a Request for Consideration of acceleration, using the formal request form.

 

B.    The line of initiation is as follows:

Teacher                                Counselor                           Parent or Guardian

↓                                             ↓                                                   ↓                          
Counselor                           Teacher                                Teacher or Counselor
     ↓                                             ↓                                                   ↓
Principal                               Principal                                        Principal
     ↓                                             ↓  
Parent                       Parent

C.   The parent or guardian will complete a Request for Consideration of Acceleration form, available from the principal’s office, and submit it to the current school principal.

 

D.   The principal or designee will collect data and complete the school section of the Request for Consideration of Acceleration form and submit it to the Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement and Leadership.

 

E.    Only those requests that meet the following guidelines will be given further consideration for individual subject acceleration:       
i.          History of advanced course work, and/or above-average achievement
           in subject area being considered for acceleration;
ii.          Ability scores (as measured by CogAT or equivalent) in the 90th or
          higher percentile rank;
iii.         Grade level achievement scores in Reading and Math of 90th or higher
           percentile rank on the ITBS;
iv.        Grade Average of 90% or higher in subject being considered for     Middle School and High School for acceleration or all 3’s in the subject being addressed in elementary school

 

F.    Only those requests that meet the following guidelines will be given further consideration for whole-grade acceleration:
i.          History of advanced course work, and/or above-average achievement
           in core subject areas, including world languages if applicable;
ii.          Ability scores (as measured by CogAT or equivalent) in the 95th or
           higher percentile rank;
iii.         Grade level nationally normed achievement scores in Reading and
           Math of 95th or higher percentile rank;
iv.        Overall grade Average of 90% or higher in Academic courses or in
           elementary (all 3’s);
v.         90% or higher in County Assessment Measure;
vi.        The Gifted educator interview with the student indicates that he/she
           wishes to be whole-grade accelerated.

vii.          If there is evidence to merit whole-grade acceleration, the school will use the Iowa Acceleration Scale to gather additional information regarding the need for academic acceleration.

 

G.   The parents will receive written notification from the committee regarding the recommendation for acceleration.

 

H.   The parent may request a conference to discuss data gathered.

 

II.            Procedures for Reviewing Data, Decision-Making, Transition Plan, and Notification

A.    If the criteria for acceleration are met for subject acceleration, the principal shall call a meeting of the local Acceleration Evaluation Team. (Sending and possible receiving teacher, counselor, principal, gifted teacher, parents, Director of Gifted and Gifted Evaluator) If there will need to be an obligation for system resources (i.e. transportation or teaching allotment) the principal will call a meeting of the system Acceleration Evaluation Team.

 

B.    If the criteria for whole grade acceleration are met, the Associate Superintendent or his designee shall call a meeting of the Acceleration Evaluation Team.

 

C.   Following procedures for either subject or whole grade acceleration shall be followed.

 

1.    Additional testing may be scheduled prior to the meeting.

2.    The team will consider ability, aptitude, achievement, school and academic

factors, developmental factors, interpersonal skills, attitude, and the long term ramifications of acceleration.

3.    The Iowa Acceleration Scales shall be used by the team as a reference in reviewing the data and making the acceleration decision.

4.    The recommendation decision will be prepared and signed by the Acceleration Evaluation team and sent to the Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement and Leadership.

D.   The Associate Superintendent shall review the data and communicate the final decision, in writing, to the parents and members of the Evaluation team.

E.    If the recommendation of the review team is to accelerate the student, a written transition plan shall be provided by the Evaluation team to the student’s parents and all other stakeholders:
i.          During the first 6 weeks, the student’s progress and adjustment will be
           carefully monitored by a guidance counselor and/or other certified
           staff member designated by the principal;

ii.          The student may be withdrawn or request to be withdrawn during this
           period without detriment to his or her academic record;
iii.         At the successful conclusion of the transition period, the accelerated
          placement final decision shall become part of the student’s permanent
           record.

III.           Probation Period


If the Academic Acceleration Plan is approved, all K-8 academic acceleration decisions are subject to a 6 weeks probation period. At the end of this time period, the School Acceleration Evaluation Team must assess the student’s performance in the accelerated grade or subject to determine whether the placement is appropriate. If the team agrees, the placement will become permanent. For students skipping a grade(s) in order to accelerate to the high school level, the decisions are subject to a 10 day probation period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section I: General Information
To be completed by parent or guardian and submitted to Principal of current school

q Whole-Grade         q Individual Subject         q Early High School Graduation

 

Part A: Student Information

Student Name_____________________________________________________________

Student Address___________________________________________________________

Phone________________________________

Current School and Address __________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________

Student Gender ________     Current Grade _______     Proposed Grade to Skip _______

Proposed Individual Subject to Accelerate ______________________________

 

Part B: Family Information

Father/Guardian’s Name ______________________________________

Mother/Guardian’s Name ______________________________________

Sibling Information:

Name

Gender

Age

School Grade

Name of School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the process of considering my request for consideration of acceleration, I understand that the school system may need additional testing in order to gain a better understanding of my child’s learning strengths. My signature below indicates agreement for additional testing to take place.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature __________________________________ Date __________

Submit this sheet to the Principal at student’s current school

Section II: School Information

To be completed by Principal or designee and submitted with Section I to Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement and Leadership

Name of Student:_______________________________________________________________________

                                                                                   Year                   Month                    Day
Today’s Date                                                      ______                                ______                                ______
Student’s Date of Birth                                  ______                                ______                                ______
Student’s Chronological Age                       ______

Student is currently in grade ______ and wishes to skip to grade ______ (Listed on parent form)

Part A: School Acceleration Review Team Information

Names of individuals participating in acceleration process:

Principal:__________________________________________________________________________

Parent(s)/Guardian:_________________________________________________________________

Teacher(s):________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

Counselor:________________________________________________________________________

Other:____________________________________________________________________________

Who initiated the consideration of acceleration?

q Parent/Guardian                       q Educator                        q Other _________________________
                                                                                                                                (name and position)
Part B: Student’s School History

Has the student done any of the following? (Check all that apply)
q Participated in a gifted education program
q Accelerated in one or more subjects within a grade
q Demonstrated talent in one or more academic areas
q Entered kindergarten or first grade early
q Skipped one grade (Indicate grade skipped _____)
q Entered kindergarten late or was retained a grade (Indicate grade ______)
q Participated in an enrichment/acceleration academic class or activity outside of school
q Received recognition in the 5th or 7th grade Duke TIP program

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Has the student demonstrated high ability, accelerated performance, and/or talent as compared with age-mates in the following areas (Check all that apply)

q Reading         q Math         q Science         q Social Studies         q Language Arts          

q Other _______________________________________________________________


Has the student demonstrated high ability, accelerated performance, and/or talent as compared with age-maters in the following areas? (Check all that apply)

q Music           q Art               q Drama             q Sports                     q Leadership                

q Other ________________________________________________________________

Please describe how the student has shown exceptional talent in the area(s) marked above.

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________


Names of teachers (with positions) contributing information for Section II, Part B:

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________


Part C. Most Recent Test Scores

 

Date

Grade Level When Taken

Total Reading

Total Math

Other

________

Other

________

Composite

ITBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Grade Level When Taken

Verbal

Quantitative

Non-Verbal

Composite

CogAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other relevant test data:

 

Date

Grade Level When Taken

Total Reading

Total Math

Other

________

Other

________

Composite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Part D: Prior Professional Evaluation Services

If the student has received a formal professional evaluation (e.g. from a psychologist, social worker, or learning specialist) for disabilities or disorders, please complete the chart below and attach all relevant reports.

Disability

Specify Type

Date of Diagnosis

Sp. E. Services Received?

Comments (optional)

Specific Learning:

e.g. written language, math, reading,

nonverbal, other

 

 

 

 

Developmental:

e.g. Autism,

Asperger’s, other

 

 

 

 

Other Helath

Impairment:

e.g. ADD, ADHD,

other

 

 

 

 

Social-Emotional/ Psychiatric:

e.g. Depression,

Bipolar, Obsessive Compulsive, other

 

 

 

 

Physical:

e.g. visual, hearing,

motor, traumatic

injury, other

 

 

 

 

Not Listed:

 

 

 

 

 

Signature of Principal or designee completing Section II:


____________________________________   Position: _________________ Date: _____________

Submit complete packet of information to Associate Superintendent of Student Achievement & Leadership

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