ADVANCED LEARNING TESTING FOR 2020-2021
The testing window for placement in Granite School District’s Advanced Learner Programs is October – December for grades 3-6 and January – March for grades K-2. It is not necessary to have your child tested each year; however, children who want to be considered for placement in a third grade advanced learner cluster group must be tested in second grade. Students in grades K-5 who would like to be considered for the Advanced Learning Center Programs must participate this year in the assessments. In addition, students entering junior high that are interested in taking GT classes must also be tested. It is not necessary for students entering junior high that are registering for honors classes to be tested. If you would like your child to participate in the Advanced Learner testing please notify your child’s school by October 1.
Out of district applicants are welcome to test, however, they will only be placed if there is an opening available in Advance Learning Center Programs after all Granite District students who qualify are placed.
Please Note: We do not have a high ability kindergarten option. We test in kindergarten for placement in our 1st and 2nd grade Advanced Reader’s Program.
Middle School and Junior High Enrollment Options.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students that are not currently attending school in the Granite School District need to take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students (SAGES-3) to determine their qualifications for the junior high gifted and talented courses before registering for the courses. This testing is only required for those students seeking placement in GT classes. As a general rule, students seeking placement in GT classes should be performing significantly above grade level. The cost of the testing if your child is not currently enrolled in Granite School District is $35. Please be prepared to pay for the test when you arrive at the testing session by check or exact cash only. If you do not currently live within the boundaries of the school you are testing for, you must apply for a special permit at the school you would like your child to attend.
All placement decisions will be made by the junior high school your child will be attending. Test results will be sent out in February. If your child does not qualify for gifted classes, please consult the junior high regarding the other coursed that may be available.
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The Granite School District is fully committed to both excellence and equity for all students. Gifted students and high ability learners present a particular challenge to this goal given they may have mastered 50-80% or more of the core curriculum for their grade level before a course of study begins. Therefore, academic growth for these students can only be achieved through differentiated educational services, opportunities, and programs. All children, including gifted and talented children, have a right to have the opportunity to make at least one year of academic growth during a school year. Because there is a continuum of “severity” in the population of high ability learners, the scope of programs that should be available for students at each school also exists on a continuum. Toward that end, the following scope of programs will be available for students.
Granite School District Definition Of Academically Gifted And Talented Students.
Academically gifted and talented students are those with outstanding academic ability or those who show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of academic accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience or environment. These students need program modifications to receive an appropriate education. The distinction between gifted and talented is individual for each student and is based upon the severity of need. Needs of moderately talented students may well be met through enrichment opportunities within the regular school program. By contrast, the needs of some profoundly gifted students might only be met in a specialized district-wide program. These extremes define a continuum of need between moderately talented and profoundly gifted. Each academically gifted or talented student needs to be placed appropriately on this continuum.
Talent development opportunities should be provided for all students to develop a wide range of talents and could include: Math Olympiad, Future Problem Solving, Science Fair, History Fair, Creative Pursuit, Debate etc.
Differentiation within the Regular Classroom.
Curriculum and instruction should be differentiated so there is an appropriate match to the academic levels and needs of all students.
Specialized Academic Grouping.
Academically gifted and talented students may need to be grouped together in specific content areas. For Example, a first grader may be placed in a second grade classroom for mathematics instruction if appropriate to his/her needs or a seventh grader may be placed in an eighth grade classroom for mathematics instruction if appropriate to his/her needs.
Specialized Academic School Classes.
Gifted and talented students should have specialized classes ranging from ninety minutes to all day at their school site. They should be taught by a teacher possessing or actively acquiring the Utah State Teaching Endorsement for Gifted and Talented.
- Gifted Language Arts Class for third through sixth grade.
- Gifted Language Arts Class for First through second grade.
- Gifted Mathematics Class for third through sixth grade.
The following are possible grouping options for these specialized classes:
Full Day Cluster Group within a Heterogeneous Class: All of the students (typically the top 5%) within one grade level are placed in a single class with a gifted endorsed teacher. Other students in the class are randomly selected as in other classes. (Good practice would indicate that the bottom 5% would not be included in this heterogeneous group.) A school may chose to create a full day cluster group across multiple grades. Students may be regrouped during the language arts and math classes.
Single Grade or Cross-Grade Academic Class: Teachers in a single grade or across multiple grades coordinate the time of day that one or two subjects are taught (I.E. Language arts and mathematics). Gifted students (typically the top 5%) and other students are grouped together with a gifted endorsed teacher during these periods. (Based on the instructional program being used it may not be appropriate to place below grade level students within this grouping.) This could be extended to include more subject areas.
Specialized District Wide Programs: Gifted students whose needs are at a level that requires a very specialized program should have the opportunity to attend a district gifted magnet school program, which include Fox Hills, Morningside, West Valley STEM, and Woodstock Advanced Learning Center and West Kearns Gifted Dual Language Immersion. Placement is based on the elementary your student attends.
Granite District Junior High Schools offer both honors and gifted classes in English, math, science and social studies to students desiring rigorous coursework. Honors Students will self-select placement in honors courses based upon their interest, strengths, and potential. Honors classes will provide increased focus on depth and complexity in the subject areas. The course work will help students to develop individual autonomy and independence. Additional focus will be placed on problem-based learning and concept based instruction with an emphasis on developing critical and creative thinking skills. The coursework will prepare students for future Concurrent Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses. Gifted Students will be identified through Granite District gifted testing for placement in English, math, science, and social studies courses. These courses are designed to be accelerated and provide a rigorous, enriched curriculum with the Utah State Curriculum Standards as the foundation of course work. For Junior High, students must test for placement:
- Gifted English Class for seventh through ninth grade.
- Gifted Science Class for seventh through ninth grade.
- Gifted Social Studies Class for seventh through ninth grade.
- Honors classes are self-select.
To determine the level of service that is necessary for a student to continue appropriate academic growth, the following assessment procedure is necessary: Stage 1: Pre-screening Parents and students should assess interests and motivations on a continuing basis throughout the students’ academic experience. All students should be encouraged to explore a wide variety of experiences provided by their school’s talent development opportunities. Stage 2: Screening Existing evidence of students’ academic accomplishment, cognitive potential, and academic performance should be considered to determine whether further assessment is recommended in order to clarify the severity of need. This determination should be made by a team with an effort to be inclusive in their screening procedures. Stage 3: Assessment for Specialized Academic Classes If further assessment is deemed necessary, the school’s decision making team will collect information in each of the following areas to clarify students’ severity of need:
- Elementary – Survey Battery Cognitive Ability-Cognitive Abilities Test, CogAT Form 7, Scholastic Reading Inventory (K-1)
- Junior High – Academic Achievement-SAGES-3,
- Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary & Middle School Students Cognitive Ability-Cognitive Abilities Test, CogAT Form 7 .
- All appeals must be submitted 14 days after the test scores have been received.
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Advanced Learning Centers Locations
Fox Hills Elementary (West of 1-15 and South of 4100 South)
3775 West 6020 South
Taylorsville, Utah 84129
4170 South 3000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
6015 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
West Valley STEM (West of I-15 and north of 4100 South)
6049 West Brud Drive
West Valley, UT 84128
West Kearns Dual Immersion (Kearn’s Network)
900 South 4620 West
Kearns, Utah 84118