Advanced English Language Arts (ELA)
District 105 offers advanced English/language arts to students whose academic needs exceed that which the core curriculum provides. The advanced ELA classes begin in seventh grade or any point thereafter. Students are formally identified for advanced ELA classes every spring. Students are identified for advanced ELA classes by examining multiple pieces of student data to determine the best academic fit for each child. Specific information regarding the advanced ELA criteria for qualification can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. The following assessments are included in the identification process to provide an accurate picture of each child's strengths:
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.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7
All District 105 students in fourth and sixth grade will participate in CogAT 7 testing. The CogAT test is a group-administered, online assessment, which measures students’ learned reasoning abilities developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences. The CogAT 7 assesses students in the following areas:
Verbal subtest: measures verbal aptitude, word knowledge and concepts, facility with language, verbal reasoning, and analogies
Quantitative subtest: measures mathematical reasoning and problem solving, numerical sequences and patterns, manipulation of mathematical concepts
Non-verbal subtest: measures reasoning and problem solving with patterns and relationships, pictorial analogies, and categories.
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
Please contact Jen Mindy (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.