Identification for GEL:
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
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.
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.