• Gifted Advisory Committee
    Consumer Concerns
    November 15, 2016 

    Date of Issue

    Concern Summary

    Answer/Resolution/Action Taken

    Date of Awareness

    Date of Resolution

    4/25/2016

    Are the new matrices working?  Are more students being screened and evaluated?

    Ms. Maximo will share the data from the spring screening/testing numbers at the first Gifted Advisory Committee meeting in October, 2016.

     

    Update 6/9/2016:  Ms. Maximo will be revising the screening and identification procedures found on the Gifted Education website.  This will include the revised matrices. Ms. Maximo expressed a concern that the District is still receiving a huge number of parent referrals and parents are not allowing the Child Find screening process to be utilized.  Grades 4-12 students will be screened again in the fall of 2016 using the updated screening matrices. 

     

    Ms. Maximo will share the data from the spring screening/testing numbers at the Gifted Advisory Committee meeting in November 2016 to allow for more screening and testing to occur at the beginning of the school year.

    4/25/2016

     

    9/26/2016

    An NAPAGE parent survey indicated that parents were unsure of the makeup homework guidelines for gifted students.

    Mrs. Sharon Kroll stated that the homework makeup guidelines are on the District website for gifted education (will be shared at the November 2016 GAC meeting). Ms. Maximo explained the chain of command should parents have any issues that need resolution and they also could contact the child’s GOAL teacher (as their Ambassador).

    9/26/2016

     

    9/26/2016

    Parents asked why Students who were evaluated and found to have an IQ at 127 or greater would be administered another IQ test the following year.

    Ms. Maximo indicated that the School Psychologists would revisit the data from the student’s most recent evaluation, but would not require a repeat of the IQ assessment for a period of time.  That period of time will be best determined by the School Psychologist, and will likely not occur within the next school year.

     

    Update 11/3/2016:  Ms. Maximo stated that if another IQ test is administered, she will review the file and take appropriate action.

    9/26/2016

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11/3/2016

     
     
    RESOLVED CONSUMER CONCERNS
     

    Date of Issue

    Concern Summary

    Answer/Resolution/Action Taken

    Date of Awareness

    Date of Resolution

    10/5/2015

    Chapter 16 Regulations addressing class size of 20 students are exceeded at all middle schools. 

     

    The question remaining is: does a GOAL teacher co-teaching with a regular education teacher meet the requirement of Chapter 16.  It is the belief of the building principals that the classes are being co-taught.  This is not the report given by students who say that while the regular ed. teacher is in the classroom, he/she is actually not teaching.  Moreover, teachers in the GOAL classes are required to have training in gifted special education.  Is this occurring for the co-teachers?

    Update 12/01/2015: Dr. Andreyko and Ms. Maximo contacted Tanya Morret.

     

    Ms. Morret will contact legal to provide next steps. 

     

     

     

     

    It is reported by the NAPAGE parents that the MMS GOAL compacted reading and/or English classes have 29 and 31 students.

     

    The class is scheduled as a co-teaching model with the Gifted Support Teacher and the General Education teacher. 

     

    Update 4/25/2016: Ms. Maximo stated that this concern is still under investigation.  Many options are being considered and no final decision has been made at this time.  Options discussed:

    ·         Dividing class into two smaller classes and the GOAL and English Language Arts teacher would switch classes (1 or 2 days; dependent on grade level).

    ·         Middle School Review Committee is taking a hard look at the delivery models of the GOAL program.  There is acknowledgement that the practice of compacting English Language Arts for all GOAL students is not appropriate.

    ·         Administration reviews GOAL staffing and class sizes very closely.

     

    Update 9/26/2016:

    ·         The class size concern is resolved because more sections were added at CMS (6th grade) and MMS.

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    9/26/2016

    4/25/2016

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There is concern about the fluidity of elementary math grouping and is the process being used the same way in all elementary buildings (small vs. large buildings.). 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Maximo gathered information from Dr. Bradley.  The process is similar across buildings District-wide.  Data is gathered from the IOWA assessments, classroom performance, and teacher input.  The cutoffs for classes may differ slightly from building to building based on assuring that a math section is within +/- 5 of the average class size for the grade level.  For example, if a typical cut off was identified as 91%, but that would only allow a math class of 19, additional students may be added who scored at the 90% to assure that the class size was not significantly different than other math classes.  In regard to the number of sections of each of the math classes (M3 and M4), that is determined by the cutoff.  Some years a grade level may only have one M4 section based on student scores and another year a grade level may have two M4 sections.  This decision is based on the cohort scores for a particular year.

     

    Update 6/9/2016:  Ms. Maximo suggested that the new elementary mathematics program and the grouping process be presented at the first Gifted Advisory Committee meeting (October) by Dr. Jim Bradley, Mr. Bob Bell, and Mrs. Shari Schlosser. 

     

    Update 9/26/2016: Mr. Bob Bell and Mrs. Sharon Kroll will be presenting an overview of the new K-12 Mathematics Curriculum.

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    The question was also raised about the English Language Arts Plus screening across all the elementary buildings being consistent.

    Mrs. Kroll explained that the ELAP screening and criteria is the same District-wide and all general education and GOAL teachers utilize the same process.  Mrs. Kroll works with the first and second grade facilitators to disseminate this information every year to all first, second, and elementary GOAL teachers. Reading benchmark assessments are utilized in First and Second Grade. 

     

    The screening process for grades 3-5 uses the following criteria: Reading and/or Reading Total (IOWA Assessments – 97 to 99 percentile), a teacher input checklist (reading and writing), and reading grades (two different quarters are used depending on when the ELAP class is being scheduled).  Elementary GOAL teachers conduct all the screenings for grades 3-5.  

     

    4/25/2016

    4/25/2016

    How is information shared at NAI, since GOAL meetings for students are no longer held due to the shortening of the homeroom?

    Update 5/5/2016: The NAI GOAL office provided Mrs. Kroll with the following information: Without homeroom, the meetings have been moved to lunch periods in the GOAL office.  Reminder text messages are sent, as well as a sign hung at the bottom of the cafeteria stairs, to remind students when there is a GOAL meeting to learn about new enrichment opportunities.  In addition to the reminder text message, announcements are posted on Blackboard, and made on the morning announcements.  For students who are not in school or unavailable the day of the meeting, GOAL PowerPoint presentations are on the GOAL website and now on Blackboard. 

     

    After looking at numbers compared to last year, there are still the maximum amount of students signing up for events.  Many events that have a limit on how many students can participate need to be capped.  Meetings were conducted on Fridays (about once a month): 

     

    Monthly Meeting Dates: 9-25-15, 10-30-15,

    12-4-15, 1-14-16, 2-5-16, 3-18-16, and 5-6-16.

     

    Update 9/26/2016:

    Mrs. Kroll will ask the NAI GOAL office how monthly meetings are being conducted for the 2016-2017 school year. 

    On September 29, 2016, the NAI GOAL Office reported that students will be meeting the 3rd Wednesday of every month during homeroom in the auditorium.  Students were told that they may be 10 minutes late to 2nd period due to the information that needs to be shared with the students.  The NAI Staff has also been notified and these procedures were approved by NAI Administration.  

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    9/29/2016

    4/25/2016

    GOAL Curriculum Night Updates

    Update 4/25/2016:  The Middle School GOAL Curriculum Night will occur in mid-September due to other scheduled District events.

     

    Update 7/2016:  The Elementary GOAL Program will be presented at the Grades 3-4 Curriculum Night  (6-6:30) and the NAI & NASH Curriculum Nights will be presented from 5:30-6:00 on their Curriculum Nights (NASH-9/22 and NAI-9/27)

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    9/26/2016