**Please note there is a typo on the form coming home. It states that forms are due March 23, 2018, but should state that they are due by March 15th, 2019.**
As your student closes the chapter on elementary and looks toward middle school, there are a couple updates regarding G/T (Gifted & Talented) placements in middle school. Students are placed in G/T content area classes based upon multiple criteria. Below are the three ways students can be enrolled in G/T class:
The first step in the placement process includes the testing of all 5th grade students using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Those students entering HCPSS at the middle school level will be assessed using the School and College Ability Test (SCAT). Those students whose scores fall within the CogAT or SCAT eligibility ranges, will be recommended to participate in G/T content classes in middle school.
Students may also be recommended to participate by the school's G/T Placement Committee. The committee reviews multiple data points related to a student's performance, including additional assessment scores, student work samples, Instructional Seminar and Curriculum Extension Unit participation, report card grades, and parental input.
If a student is not placed in a particular G/T class through the G/T Placement Process, a family may still enroll the student in one or more G/T classes next year by completing the Course Placement Review form. The Course Placement Review form (please complete the appropriate grade form) must be submitted to the front office by March 15 so that the staffing and scheduling processes for next year can be completed in the most accurate manner. Please know, any requests received after March 15th may not be granted.