Identification

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Each elementary building’s GEL teacher works together with the classroom teachers, principal and parent community to use a combination of identification criteria and considerations. Identification of students for GEL programming is an ongoing process. Students may move in and out of the program depending on GEL course content, student interest, and student mastery of the regular curriculum.

Our regular assessment schedule for elementary students occurs in the early spring of the school year for 2nd-4th graders; however, our identification process is a flexible process, making it possible to assess potential students throughout the school year.


Students are identified for GEL identified services using a combination of the following criteria and considerations:
  • Cognitive and Standardized testing—Tests used in the GEL identification process include the Otis Lenin Ability Test (OLSAT), the NWEA (MAP) Measure of Academic Progress. Typically students scoring at the 97 percentile or higher on the OLSAT, and/or achievement testing at the 95+ percentile will be identified for the program. To allow for testing inconsistencies, students with a MAP score of 93% or higher with supporting information will also be considered for the program and/or may be asked for individualized ability testing.

  • Classroom Assessments—Assessments include a variety of tests and may include a combination of reading theme tests, language fluency tests, leveled reading tests, math problem-solving opportunities and computation assessments.

  • Teacher inventory and parent referral – Referrals for testing can be made by teachers, specialists, and/or parents.

Please contact your child's classroom teacher or the GEL teacher at your child’s school for more information.