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Andrew brought home a letter yesterday. It says he is being considered for the Talented and Gifted Program at school. I couldn't really remember what the criteria was but now I am getting the letter again ~
* Classroom performance (grades and teacher evaluations)
* Task commitment
* Achievement test scores
* Ability test scores (Otis Lennon Test)
* Teacher nomination form
* Parent Nomination form
* Administration nomination form
* DCAS/MAP/STAR reading scores
The DCAS and MAP tests are standardized state tests and the STAR reading one is the one you take for placement in the appropriate level for AR reading. We all know how I feel about that. At the beginning of third grade he was put in the 7.6 (7th grade sixth month) to 8.0 (eighth grade) reading level.
The parent assessment was kind of a joke. It has a checklist and I had to check off which ones he exhibits. Then I had to provide examples on a line with about 6 inches of space. The questions were whether your child exhibits creativity, uses large vocabulary words not normal for age, wonders about things that others his age don't, likes to read, etc. I just loved how it was like a half a line to write on.
I don't really know anything about the Otis Lennon test. That is new. Erin took a different one ~ so I guess I will Google it later.
I had to sign a paper for permission to test. Then they wanted to know how you wanted your child informed if they don't qualify for the TAG program. Did I want the the TAG teacher to tell him? Um no. How sad for a kid. Sorry you're not talented and gifted after all.
I stumbled upon the letter my parents got when I was younger a few years ago, and it said something along the lines of "being gifted isn't a disease that must be cured, but rather a condition that must be dealt with." I'd like to say that the school system has come a long way in their thinking, but I'm not quite sure. LOL
I remember sitting down with a psychologist and answering questions one-on-one. I was given the opportunity to explain why I answered the way I answered, and I wish our school system still did things that way. Our district uses the CogAT, and I really don't think it accomplishes what it's meant to do.
It's neat that you're able to give input, though, and to actually see what was considered when you got his letter. When my oldest got her letter in K, it was basically just a permission slip to have her tested. I'm wondering when my youngest will get hers. If it doesn't happen in K, I suspect it will in 1st as I'm sure she'll have the same teacher my oldest had for 1st and she's very much aware/in-tune to that kind of thing.