Presentation on theme: "Target Testing 101 2009-2010. What is Target? An academic program Meets once a week Varied and differentiated units and activities Focuses on higher level."— Presentation transcript:
What is Target? An academic program Meets once a week Varied and differentiated units and activities Focuses on higher level thinking and problem solving “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” - Chinese Proverb
Why is my child being considered? We consider this criteria: System wide testing reviewed by Target teachers and administration Students with scores in the higher ranges of standardized testing are identified for further evaluation. Classroom performance that goes beyond grade level average
What is the process? The testing for Target is an involved evaluation process. It takes multiple testing sessions for each student and uses a variety of evaluation procedures. Letters of notification for gifted eligibility or non eligibility will go home right before winter break. All letters will be sent home at the same time. We need this time to effectively evaluate each of the students.
What can I do to prepare my child? Be sure during the testing window your child gets enough rest. Be sure your child has a good breakfast. Encourage your child to do his/her best. There is no study guide to work from. Reassure your child when he/she says it was hard, or that he/she did his/her best. Let your child tell you about the process
My child was tested one day and not the next… We have 2 Target teachers who evaluate all students. Depending on the particular test, your child may or may not be pulled for testing each day depending on the test being given and teachers availability. If your child isn’t being tested each session, it is not an indication of qualifying or not.
What will my child be evaluated on? The Target teachers are looking at 4 main areas: Mental ability (CogAT from system wide testing in addition to additional tests that the Target teachers will evaluate if needed) Achievement testing (grade level assessment, additional testing determined by Target teacher evaluation, and system wide testing such as the ITBS) Creativity (based on a standardized test and classroom performance evaluation) Motivation (taken from a multitude of areas including but not limited to: grades, classroom performance, and work ethic) In order to qualify for Target, students must have qualifying scores in 3 out of the 4 above areas.
The Target teachers are evaluating many students. It is very difficult for us to give status updates during this time. Classroom teachers do not have information on testing progress. Target testing is a confidential process as with any other special disciplines (i.e. speech). Target teachers will not share information with any parties not involved directly with your child. This is a very involved process and we will inform parents when testing of all students is complete Please be patient. We know it is hard! Emails and phone calls for updates are not able to be handled in a timely manner due to the testing and teaching schedules, as well as the number of students being evaluated. What will my child be evaluated on?
Reassure your child that you know he/she did his/her best. Students are evaluated each year in grades 1, 3, and 5. If your child does not qualify in first, we will review standardized testing for reconsideration in 3 rd grade and possibly 5 th. The Target teachers take this evaluation seriously and strictly follow state guidelines and rules when qualifying students. My child did not qualify, what can I do?
My child qualified, what does this mean? Your child will begin to attend Target in January with grade level classmates. Target teachers will hold an open house in January to go over the program and answer questions.
Thank you! Thank you for taking the time to view this power point and understand our procedures. The Target teachers are working hard to fully evaluate each student and help the regular classroom teacher in identifying each child’s strengths Finally, thank you for respecting this time for evaluation and supporting your children!
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under your observation in life. Marcus Aurelius (181)