Advanced English Language Arts (ELA)
District 105 offers advanced english/language arts services to students whose academic needs exceed that which the core curriculum provides. The advanced ELA classes begin in seventh grade or any point thereafter. Qualification for such services is determined by examining multiple pieces of student data to make an accurate determine of service. Such criteria include:
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP is a computerized-adaptive test that dynamically adjusts according to a student’s response while taking the test. If a student answers a reading question correctly, the test presents a more challenging item. If a student misses a question, the MAP test adapts and offers a simpler item. In this way, the test narrows in on a student’s individual reading learning level. The MAP assessment results provide teachers, principals, and specialists with detailed information on individual student strengths and areas of need reading. Instruction can then be adjusted and individualized to best meet the needs of each student in the classroom. The MAP percentiles from the current school year are utilized when identifying students who could be ready for advanced ELA.
The CogAT 7 Screener
The CogAT Screener is a group-administered, multiple choice assessment, which measures students’ learned reasoning abilities developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences. The CogAT 7 Screener will assess students on Verbal Analogies, Number Analogies and Figure Matrices. All District 105 students in fourth and sixth grade will participate in the CogAT 7 Screener.
Academic Performance Assessment
In addition to achievement and aptitude assessments, students academic behaviors are also taken into account. With the support of teachers and specialists, information is collected regarding each student’s literacy abilities/behaviors. This does include, but is not limited to: how the student responds to challenging work, does the student ask penetrating questions or does the student create their own learning activities.
Please note that students who qualify for advanced ELA must continually meet or exceed the following criteria to remain in the program:
- Complete required summer work before the beginning of the school year
- Achieve a B average by the end of 1st trimester and maintain a B average throughout the rest of the year
- Independently complete classwork and homework after classroom instruction has been given
- Display a high level of commitment to the program
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