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Advanced Academic Programs (Level IV Center) Screening and Identification Process Parent Information Night. Valerie Carter Advanced Academic Resource Teacher Centre Ridge Elementary Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Mondays January 16, 2014.

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Advanced Academic Programs (Level IV Center)Screening and Identification ProcessParent Information Night

Valerie Carter

Advanced Academic Resource Teacher

Centre Ridge Elementary

Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Mondays

January 16, 2014

what is best for your child one size does not fit all
What is best for your child?One size does not fit all.
  • FCPS Advanced Academic Programs: A Continuum of Services
  • Provide challenging learning experiences designed to meet the unique learning profile of advanced learners
  • Each child has a unique profile of strengths
philosophy of fcps advanced academic programs
Philosophy of FCPS Advanced Academic Programs

Children who have been identified for advanced academic services have the potential to achieve high levels of accomplishment, and this potential needs to be recognized and addressed.

In order to meet their needs and develop their abilities, these high ability learners require a differentiated curriculum that provides advanced learning opportunities.

full time advanced academic program grades 3 6 level iv
Full-Time Advanced Academic Program Grades 3-6 Level IV

The full-time advanced academic program is differentiated in depth, breadth, and pace of instruction. It provides an appropriate level of challenge for highly gifted learners with a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving. The mathematics curriculum is accelerated by one grade level and readings and resources that are used in other subject areas are also presented at advanced levels. Students have opportunities for ongoing opportunities for reflection and self-assessment.

best practices in identification
Best Practices in Identification

“Best practices indicate that multiple measures and valid

indicators from multiple sources must be used to

assess and serve gifted students. Information should

be gathered from multiple sources, in different ways

and in different contexts.”

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), 1997

information considered for in placement decisions for full time advanced academic level iv center
Information Considered for in Placement Decisions for Full-Time Advanced Academic (Level IV Center)

REQUIRED (provided by school)

  • Ability test scores
    • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and the FCPS Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) Custom Form, Grade 2
    • Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) (grades 3-6)
  • Progress Reports and Comments
  • Gifted Behavior Rating Scale with Commentary
  • Two work samples-one is from a Critical & Creative Thinking Skills Lesson
  • Achievement test scores (if available)
    • Standards of Learning (SOL)

OPTIONAL (provided by parent)

  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
  • Work samples (4 pgs, 8 ½ x 11)
  • Certificates/Awards/Letters (5 pgs, 8 ½ x 11)
  • Additional testing
local school screening for full time advanced academic placement
Local School Screening for Full-time Advanced Academic Placement

Grade 2

  • Screening pool is established using the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) from 1st grade and the FCPS Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) Custom Form, Grade 2.
  • Parents of students in the second grade screening pool receive a letter (mid January) notifying them that their child will be screened for the full-time advanced academic program. Parents may decline screening.

Grades 2– 6

  • Parents may submit full-time advanced academic program referrals for second grade students not in the pool, and students in grades 3-7. (Due: Feb. 3rd)
  • Screening file is prepared by the local school Advanced Academic Programs screening committee and submitted to central selection committee.
  • Eligibility decisions made by the central selection committee, and reviewed by an oversight committee.
  • Parent/guardian(s) are notified by mail regarding eligibility.
step 1 local school screening
Step 1: Local School Screening

Second Grade Screening Pool

  • Screening pool is established using the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) from 1st grade and the FCPS Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) Custom Form, Grade 2.
  • Parents of students in the second grade screening pool receive a letter in January notifying them that their child will be screened for the full-time advanced academic Level IV center program. Parents may decline screening.
fcps advanced academic programs level iv referral form grades 2 7
FCPS Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form – Grades 2-7
  • Referral forms are available at Centre Ridgein the main office and on the AAP website –
  • Referrals are submitted to Centre Ridgec/o Valerie Carter, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher.
  • The Centre Ridgelocal AAP screening committee reviews referrals and the AART compiles a screening file.
referral deadline february 3 2014
Referral DeadlineFebruary 3, 2014

Referrals must be submitted to

Valerie Carter at Centre Ridge

by 4:00pm Monday, February 3rd

step 2 required and optional information
Step 2: Required and Optional Information
  • The AART prepares a screening file for all second grade students who are in the pool and for grade2-6 referrals.
  • Parents may add optional information to this file:
    • Up to 4 student work samples (8 ½ x 11 single-sided)
    • Up to 5 student awards (8 ½ x 11 single-sided )
    • Any additional testing information

All optional information must be submitted to Valerie Carter, AART at Centre Ridgeby February 3, 2014.

step 3 local screening committees
Step 3: Local Screening Committees
  • Made up of classroom teacher(s), administrators, specialist(s), and AART
  • Committee reviews observable classroom behaviors and completes Gifted Behaviors Rating Scale with Commentary
    • Four areas:
      • Exceptional Ability to Learn
      • Exceptional Application of Knowledge
      • Exceptional Creative/Productive Thinking
      • Exceptional Motivation to Succeed
  • Committee determines the need to forward the file to the Central Selection Committee
step 4 central selection committee
Step 4: Central Selection Committee
  • Convenes in March/April
  • Consist of classroom teachers, AART’s, principals, school psychologists, and other specialists
  • Centre Ridgestaff will not review file
step 5 oversight committee
Step 5: Oversight Committee
  • Reviews all ineligible decisions
step 6 notification and orientation
Step 6: Notification and Orientation
  • All parents/guardians receive notification of the decision of the central selection committee through the mail in early May.
  • All students who are eligible are invited to attend an AAP orientation at the assigned AAP center/or Local Level IV school.
  • Assignment of a Level IV school is based on base school location/ home address.
step 7 appeals
Step 7: Appeals
  • Parents/Guardians of students who are found ineligible may submit an appeal by May 30, 2014 to the Advanced Academic Programs Office.
  • A copy of the AAP Level IV screening file may be obtained from Centre Ridge. Materials from this file do not need to be submitted.
  • Appeals must contain new information
    • Individual ability or intelligence test
    • Letter from adult regarding child’s advanced ability
    • Student work samples
    • Awards and/or honors
step 8 appeals committee
Step 8: Appeals Committee
  • Appeals committee decisions are mailed on ongoing basis in summer
  • Decision of the appeals committee is final
  • Parents may refer their child again the following school year
writing a referral
Writing a Referral
  • Write/type only in the space provided (additional pages will NOT be included)
  • Explain the reasons why your child needs highly advanced curriculum in all four subject areas
  • Specific examples may be used
parent responsibilities cheat sheet
Parent Responsibilities Cheat Sheet
  • Parent Questionnaire
    • Give specific examples for each question to illustrate your response – use only the space provided, or it will be counted as an extra page of additional information
  • Work Samples – Up to 4 single-sided, 8 ½ by 11 pgs
    • Originals will not be returned
    • Use digital camera to take pictures of projects/displays
  • Additional Information – Up to 5 single-sided 8 ½ x 11 pgs
    • Certificates/awards/honors
    • Letters of commendation/recommendation (may NOT be any person currently employed by FCPS, even at another school)
    • Newspaper articles featuring activities your child participated in at any time
work samples
Work Samples
  • Writing samples: poetry, stories, journal entries that show humor, advanced vocabulary, writing style
  • Vocabulary/spelling activities that ask students to use words in higher-level activities
  • Math problem-solving, logic, or critical thinking sheets
  • Projects from social studies or science (take pictures)
  • Visual art work (scan or take pictures if you want to keep the original)

**Work samples will NOT be returned**

thinking about additional testing
Thinking about additional testing?
  • George Mason University or private state-licensed psychologist (must include copy of license)
  • Group ability tests: NNAT/CogAT
  • Individual Intelligence tests: WISC-IV, CAS (Cognitive Assessment System) or Stanford-Binet, Kaufman Assessment Battery, DAS (Differential Ability Scale)
  • GMU website for information:
  • CogAt/NNAT scores mailed home in January.
  • Referrals due to Centre RidgeFebruary 3, 2014.
  • Optional additional information due to Centre RidgeFebruary 3, 2014.
  • Local committee meets February.
  • Central committee meets March/April.
  • Oversight committee meets in April.
  • Notifications of eligibility sent home early May.
  • Appeals due to AAP office May 30, 2014.
visit our website www fcps edu is aap
Visit our

Advanced Academic Programs

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Identification
  • Forms and Timelines
  • Resources
thank you for coming


If you have additional, individual questions, please contact me.

Valerie Carter : [email protected]