Identification of Pupils: Elementary and Middle School Program
Universal Screening for the invitation of Pupils into the Elementary and Middle School Programs (3-8th Grade) includes but is not limited to the following measures:
- Quantitative Data:
- Ability - Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - What is CogAT? FAQs
- Superior score on norm referenced achievement test in domain using local norms - ex. NJ Start Strong
- Superior score on norm referenced test for aptitude in domain using local norms - STAR
- Qualitative / Descriptive indicators in the domain being served
- Parent/Guardian, Teacher, Counselor & Administrator referrals
- Portfolios, work samples, projects
- Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI)
- Problem solving activities demonstrating reasoning
- Creativity Rating Scales
- Other appropriate measures
Each measure is valued and indexed accordingly so the identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the district.
In alignment with the Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act:
- The identification procedures will be reviewed annually.
- Our process will ensure that each pupil identified as gifted or talented will be assessed annually
for the continuing appropriateness of his or her enriched program.
- This process will include a review of assessments in the pupil's file, including relevant test
results; and a review of the pupil's work in the preceding school year.
Identification for 2023-2024 (during Spring / Summer of 2023)
- Referral Window - Parents, Teachers, Counselors & Administrators
- Data Collection, Analysis & Indexing of Identification Metrics
- Selection Committee - Teachers & Administrators
- TAG Invitation Letters for 2023-2024 school year
- Programming to begin in September 2023
New Students in the Teaneck School District
- Family Referrals will be accepted for students enrolling after July 1st until September 30th.
- After October 1st, district will require new students one full school year in order to collect multiple measures & evidence for the following school year.
Identification of Pupils: Teaneck High School
Selecting high school students for honors, advanced, or T.E.A.M.S program participation includes but is not limited to the following:
- HONORS COURSES: Students desiring to successfully remain in this sequence should be earning grades of B or better.
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES: Students choosing these courses should be achieving grades of at least an A- or B+ in the Honors sequence.
- Technology-Enriched Academy for Mathematics and Science: Students desiring to be part of this program should complete
- T.E.A.M.S. written application
- Letter of recommendation from each of their current mathematics and science teachers
- Seventh grade NJSLA-M score
- Current mathematics and science grades are also considered
- An interview with a T.E.A.M.S representative