Gifted & Talented Process
Teachers use a Teacher Observation Inventory tool to identify students for instructional purposes from Kindergarten through Grade 2. The TOI evaluates behaviors of students in the areas of reading, curiosity, creativity, academic concepts, follow-through of activities, in-depth interests, spatial activities, leadership qualities, and special talents in the arts.
Sometime in the second half of Grade 2, the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test is administered to all second grade students. The results of this test, along with the NJPASS, report cards, and teacher recommendation(s) are used to determine a child’s placement in the program. Each component is weighted equally.
At the end of each school year from Grades 3 - 5, teachers are provided the opportunity to make recommendations on student placements. The building Principal and Director of Technology & Assessment will review the teacher recommendation and multiple measures to determine if a change should be made. The OLSAT may be administered again, if needed.
During the second half of Grade 5, the OLSAT test is administered to all fifth grade students. The results of this test, along with the NJASK, report cards, and teacher recommendation(s) are used to determine a student’s placement for Grade 6. Each component is weighted equally.
The OLSAT test is completely different from the NJPASS or NJASK. These tests are designed to measure how well a child has learned what they should have been taught. Can they read and do mathematics at grade level, for example? THE OLSAT, in contrast, is intended to provide an indication of intrinsic ability. How well can your child problem solve in different contexts?
Your child’s OLSAT test score isn’t an IQ score. An IQ test is done one-on-one with a psychologist, and is a much more comprehensive test of cognitive ability.
The Director of Technology and Assessment provides each Principal with recommendations based upon the composite data for each student. Final placement in the G & T program is the Principal’s decision.