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Navigate

 In keeping with the District Mission Statement, District 30 is committed to an educational vision that recognizes the value, needs, and talents of each child and strives to assist each child in reaching his/her full potential. We recognize our responsibility to provide an educational program specifically designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. Gifted and talented children in District 30 exhibit academic aptitude and/or achievement significantly beyond their peers and demonstrate high-level thought processes on a consistent basis. In order for these students to most effectively translate potential into performance, they benefit from acceleration and/or enhancement of content and an instructional approach to their academic program that promotes abstract and higher order thinking.

This year Navigate Parent Night was held on November 6, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Wescott School.  Below are this year's presentations.

For more information regarding District 30's Navigate program please contact Robyn Kogan, Gifted Coordinator/Differentiated Instruction Specialist at rkogan@district30.org.

Navigate Identification Process

District 30 Math Navigate Placement 2019-2020

In District 30, Math Navigate placement decisions are based on achievement on standardized assessments.  We are committed to honoring the individualized needs of students by making appropriate placement decisions in order to create the best learning experiences. 

Placement in the Navigate program is data driven. Every child is considered every year.  A matrix is used to inform all math placement decisions on a yearly basis. Matrix criteria are reviewed and refined annually by the Math Navigate Teachers, Principals, and the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.  We use the following data points within our matrices:

  • Measure of Academic Progress- test administered in both Fall and Spring in grades 1-5

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (Quantitative) - test administered winter of 3rd grade and 5th grade 

  • Non-Routine Problem Solving Tasks

The data for every student is reviewed and considered during the placement process. After making initial placements using our decision matrix, the Math Navigate teachers convene a meeting with the Principals and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. The placement process in reviewed and final placement decisions are made open administrative approval. 

Grade 1 Math Navigate 

Requirements for Math Navigate Consideration

  • 2019 MAP - 1st Grade Fall RIT 185 +

Additional Placement Criteria 

Students being considered will participate in three rigorous non-routine math tasks.  Students will be required to persevere in problem solving, utilize a defined strategy, and explain or model mathematical thinking to determine a correct solution. 

Grade 2 Math Navigate 

Preliminary Requirements for Math Navigate Consideration

TWO of the following:

  • 2019 MAP - 2nd Grade Fall RIT 204+

  • 2019 Preliminary MAP - 1st Grade Spring RIT 207+

  • 2018 Preliminary MAP - 1st Grade Fall RIT 187+

Additional Placement Criteria

Students being considered will participate in three rigorous non-routine math tasks.  Students will be required to persevere in problem solving, utilize a defined strategy, and explain or model mathematical thinking to determine a correct solution.

Grade 3 Math Navigate 

Preliminary Requirements for Math Navigate Consideration

TWO of the following:

  • 2019 MAP - 3rd Grade Fall RIT 220+

  • 2019 MAP - 2nd Grade Spring RIT 218+

  • 2019 MAP - 2nd Grade Fall RIT 204+

Additional Placement Criteria 

Students being considered will participate in three rigorous non-routine math tasks. Students will be required to persevere in problem solving utilize a defined strategy, and explain or model mathematical thinking to determine a correct solution.

Grade 4 Math Navigate

Preliminary Requirements for Math Navigate Considerations

  • Placement in Fast Paced Math

Additional Placement Criteria 

Students being considered will participate in three rigorous non-routine math tasks.  Students will be required to persevere in problem solving, utilize a defined strategy, and explain or model mathematical thinking to determine a correct solution. 

Grade 5 Math Navigate 

Preliminary Requirements for Math Navigate Considerations

  • Placement in Fast Paced Math 

Additional Placement Criteria 

In addition, students being considered will participate in three rigorous non-routine math tasks.  Students will be required to persevere in problem solving, utilize a defined strategy, and explain or model mathematical thinking to determine a correct solution. 

District 30 ELA Navigate Placement 2019 - 2020

In District 30, English Language Arts (ELA) placement decisions are based on achievement on standardized assessments.  We are committed to honoring the individualized needs of students by making appropriate placement decisions in order to create the best learning experiences.  In keeping with the best practice, every child is considered every year. 

The placement process is data-driven and informed by achievement over time. Since this is a complex-data based decision, we use a matrix to inform all ELA placement decisions. The data for every student is reviewed and considered during the placement process. If we notice inconsistencies within data trends, we consult with the teacher(s) regarding the test scores. 

Matrix criteria are reviewed and refined annually by the Gifted Coordinator, elementary Navigate teachers, Principals, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. The following steps outline the processes and criteria for placement. 

Grade 1

Step 1: Performance at least 2 years beyond grade level on the Fountas & Pinnell reading test. 

Step 2: Primary MAP test in Reading and Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test administered to those students who qualify based on Fountas & Pinnell. 

Grade 2

Step 1: NWEA MAP test in Reading - performance at or above the 90th local percentile

Step 2: Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test administered to those students who qualify based on NWEA MAP data.

Placement is based on performance at or above the 90th local percentile on NWEA MAP and the 90th national percentile on the DRP measures.

Grade 3

Step 1: Current and previous year’s NWEA MAP test in Reading - performance at or above the 90th local percentile across measures. Fall of current grade level weighted most.

Step 2: Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test administered to those students who qualify based on NWEA MAP data.  Performance at or above the 90th national percentile.

Step 3:  The above data is entered into the matrix and reevaluated to determine placement 

Grade 4 & 5

Step 1:  CogAT test of Cognitive Abilities - Verbal battery (administered winter, grade 3)

Current and previous year’s NWEA MAP test in Reading performance at or above the 90th local percentile across measures. Fall of current grade weighted most. 

Step 2: Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test administered to those students who qualify based on NWEA MAP data. Performance at or above the 90th percentile.

Step 3: The above data is entered into the matrix and reevaluated to determine placement.

Grade 6

Step 1:  CogAt test of Cognitive Abilities - Verbal battery (administered winter, grade 5) 

Current and previous year’s NWEA MAP test in Reading - performance at or above the 90th percentile across measures.  Fall of current grade weighted most. 

Step 2:  Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test administered to those students who qualify based on NWEA MAP data.  Performance at or above the 90th percentile.

Step 3: The above data is entered into the matrix and re-evaluated to determine placement.

Grades 7 & 8

If a student is in Grade 6 ELA Navigate, we seek to continue placement unless classroom performance and/or standardized assessment data indicate otherwise. 

Additional students are placed in ELA Navigate when classroom performance and/or standardized assessment data support the placement. 

Placement decisions are reviewed with teachers and administrators.  Parents of those students who qualify for additional testing are notified of placement decisions by letter or phone call, following the identification process.

Resources

Here are some of the many great resources for gifted children. 

Dr. Melissa Hirsch
Assistant Superintendant- 
Curriculum &
Instruction
847-498-4190
mhirsch@district30.org

 

 

Robyn Kogan
Gifted Coordinator/
Differentiated
Instruction
Specialist
847-400-8910
rkogan@district30.org