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PEAK Identification Procedures ...

The purpose of identification of high ability/gifted learners is to provide an appropriate learning environment that will nurture their potential into high performance. We are not trying to find the "gifted" in order to give them special status. We are trying to meet academic needs and develop those with potential into high performance. It is not about the label; rather it is about providing the appropriate curriculum and instruction.

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In order to qualify for PEAK services, students must qualify in both math and language arts:

For High Ability Identification in Math:

*Through Performance: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of math achievement. The norm-referenced measure that NACS uses is NWEA. NWEA is taken by all students in the fall and spring, and occasionally in the winter.

*Through Potential: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of quantitative reasoning or a composite measure of quantitative/nonverbal reasoning. The norm-referenced measure that NACS uses is the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). The full CogAT is administered to all students in grades 2 and 5.

*Through Additional Data: When a child's score on either the norm referenced measure of achievement or reasoning falls just below the cutoff, additional data in the form of teacher rating scales or classroom work samples will be reviewed to determine appropriate placement.

For High Ability Identification in Language Arts:

*Through Performance: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of reading and language achievement. The norm-referenced measure that NACS uses is NWEA. NWEA is taken by all students in the fall and spring, and occasionally in the winter.

*Through Potential: An outstanding score (96th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of verbal reasoning. The norm-referenced measure that NACS uses is CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). The full CogAT is administered to students in grades 2 and 5.

*Through Additional Data: When a child's score on either the norm referenced measure of achievement or reasoning falls just below the cutoff, additional data in the form of teacher rating scales or classroom work samples will be reviewed to determine appropriate placement.

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If a student should qualify in one subject area (math or language arts), then the teacher will differentiate student learning within the general education classroom for that particular subject area.

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NACS recognizes that cognitive growth is not always consistent. To ensure all students are receiving appropriate curriculum and instruction, students will be evaluated each spring for the following school year. Academic placement decisions may be modified in accordance with changes in students' learning profiles as they progress through elementary and middle school.

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Should a family disagree with the decision made by the committee, there is an appeal process.

PEAK Appeal Procedure and Form

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Occasionally, it is necessary for a student to take a furlough from or exit PEAK services.

Exit Procedures and Form