Department of Teaching & Learning
Accelerated Learning Program for Students
To determine the group eligible for Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS) programming at the elementary schools, students will have a composite score of 120 or higher on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Candidates for the ALPS program will also have local percentile scores on the NWEA MAP Reading Assessment that are in the 80th percentile or above and/or SAGES subtest scores of 111 or higher.
Evidence of motivation and task commitment will be noted in the teacher narrative and checklist on the ALPS referral form. In addition to the teacher's anecdotal description, depth, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation will be evident in the student portfolio products supporting the referral for students in grades 2-5.
Evidence of creativity will be noted in the teacher narrative and checklist on the ALPS Referral form. In addition to the teacher's anecdotal description, evidence of the four characteristics of creativity which are fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration will be present in the student portfolio products supporting the referral in grades 2-5.
At the middle school, students are ranked using Z-scores to determine the top 5% of the grade level. Students' CogAt and NWEA MAP reading scores are used in order to determine the Z-score. Most successful candidates will have a minimum Verbal CogAT score of 120 and MAP reading scores at the 92nd local percentile or higher. Students whose scores do not quite meet these criteria but who have a strong teacher recommendation may be further assessed and evaluated.
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