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Project Arrow Gifted/Talented Program and Accelerated Mathematics Program Testing

Reported by nicole_fader@ipsd.org on 10/31/18

Project Arrow Gifted/Talented Program and Accelerated Mathematics Program Testing Information :

District 204 offers a variety of academic programming to meet the needs of our students. Although assessment occurs throughout the school year for all students, some programs require additional information gathering in order to determine appropriate placement. The Identification Timeline, located on the District website, http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/AT provides general information regarding identification for the Project Arrow Gifted Program and the Accelerated Mathematics Program. Letters with specific testing details will be mailed from schools to parents of students for whom further evaluation is recommended. Additional information about either of these programs can be found on the District website or by contacting your child’s classroom teacher or school’s Student Services Coordinator, Monica Carstens.



Project Arrow Testing occurs in late January for students in grades 2-5 whom teachers identify as demonstrating characteristics of gifted learners. Students are recommended by their classroom teachers in December, and parents are notified via letter. Tests administered in January include the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and/or the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). Staff at Clow review all test data and classroom performance to recommend students for the Project Arrow Program for the upcoming school year. Eligibility will be communicated to parents via letter in late April. If you have questions about whether your child will be recommended for Project Arrow testing, please contact your child’s teacher before December. The November parent/teacher conference provides for a good time to have this discussion.

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