Students New to the District at the Beginning of the School Year

Gifted Identification & Placement Process for Students NEW to Naperville School District 203
Students new to the district can be tested for identification and placement in our gifted services – Grades 3-8 Honors Math, Grades 4-8 Project IDEA, and/or Grades 4-8 Project IDEA Plus. Services begin second trimester in Grade 3 with Honors Math. For a description of these programs, please visit Elementary and/or Junior High Programs and Services. 
 
STUDENTS NEW TO THE DISTRICT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR 
Elementary Identification and Placement
Identification
  • Once a student is enrolled, parents may request testing for gifted services at the student’s school.
  • Testing takes place at the student’s new school once school begins in August.
  • Testing begins with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • If a student scores 90 or above on the CogAT, further testing is necessary to complete the matrix and determine placement.  
  • Further testing includes
    • IOWA Assessment in math and/or reading
    • Honors Math, Project IDEA, and/or Project IDEA Plus district placement tests
    • Performance Series tests in math and/or reading
  • EXCEPTION – If there is some evidence that an elementary student may qualify for Project IDEA Plus, please contact the Coordinator of Gifted Services via email – giftedservices@naperville203.org to request summer gifted testing.  See the junior high process below.
Placement
  • Once all testing is completed, scores are placed on a matrix to determine placement.  
  • Matrices can be accessed HERE
    • Renzulli Scales, a teacher observation inventory, is waived for new students.  
    • Therefore, a new student will be placed in Honors Math or Project IDEA with 8 points on the matrix. A new student will be placed in Project IDEA Plus with 4 points on the matrix.
Junior High Identification and Placement
Identification
  • Parents may receive a summer testing registration form upon enrollment OR after enrollment, a parent may email Laurie DeKruiff - ldekruiff@Naperville203.org to request the form.
  • Summer testing 
    • Takes place two days during the last week of July
    • 8:30 - 11 a.m. each day
    • Madison Junior High – 1000 River Oak Dr., Naperville 
    • Includes Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Iowa Assessment
  • Students that qualify for further testing will receive an email.
    • Includes Honors Math, Project IDEA, and/or Project IDEA Plus district placement tests
    • Takes place two days the first week of August
    • 8:30 - 11 a.m. each day
    • Madison Junior High – 1000 River Oak Dr., Naperville
  • Performance Series tests in math and/or reading 
    • The testing window for Performance Series opens August 20.
  • NOTE – if a student cannot participate on these days, testing will be completed with school counselors once school begins. 
  • NOTE -- Mathematic coursework from previous districts can be reviewed to aid in determining placement in Honors Math. Contact the coordinator of gifted services via email – giftedservices@naperville203.org or via phone at 630-420-6551 to share curriculum documentation.
Placement
  • Once all testing is completed, scores are placed on a matrix to determine placement.  
  • Matrices can be accessed HERE
    • Renzulli Scales, a teacher observation inventory, is waived for new students.  
    • Therefore, a new student will be placed in Honors Math or Project IDEA with 8 points on the matrix. A new student will be placed in Project IDEA Plus with 4 points on the matrix.
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