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Enrichment Identification Process

Identification Process

Orland School District 135 uses multiple assessments as well as a checklist of observed behaviors to identify students who qualify for enrichment, honors, and high math programming.  

It is extremely important to note that one assessment or data point does not determine qualification for any programming in Orland School District 135.   Administrators and teachers examine student data from formal assessments of ability and achievement as well as teacher observation data.

Tools used for student identification:

  • NWEA-MAP Assessments

    • Administered three times per year (fall, winter, spring) to all students in grade K-8

    • It is important to note that NWEA-MAP is District 135’s mandated universal screener.  To move forward in the identification process, a student must demonstrate appropriate academic achievement in relation to grade level peers on this screening assessment.

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) Screener

    • Administered during the school year to 4th and 5th grade students during the 2021-2022 school year. 

  • Teacher Checklist of Observed Behaviors

    • Completed for each student who shows high academic achievement and/or ability through the above assessments

    • Local norms have been created for this checklist so that we know which students exhibit academic behaviors far above those of grade level peers.   

  • Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Assessments in English/Language Arts and Mathematics

    • Administered to all students in grades 3-8 in spring of each school year

By using this variety of tools to identify students for enrichment and honors programming, we examine each student’s academic achievement (NWEA-MAP and IAR), ability (CogAt), and observed academic behaviors in the school setting (Teacher Checklist and grades).  This allows us to triangulate the data and look at student characteristics through multiple lenses.