Farmingdale School Enrichment Program

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Enrichment Policy (Revised 9/22/20)


Philosophy

The Enrichment Program at Farmingdale School:

  • Challenges students beyond the general education curriculum

  • Encourages the development of critical thinking skills 

  • Encourages creativity, flexibility, and elaboration

  • Develops confidence in expressing ideas in a variety of formats including discussion, debate, expository and creative writing

  • Develops inquiry and investigative skills by tackling real-world problems

  • Develops leadership skills through positive interactions with peers

  • Encourages a lifelong enthusiasm and commitment to learning and self-growth


Identification Phases

Farmingdale School uses a comprehensive process for identifying students and determining eligibility for the Enrichment Program.  Multiple measures, both qualitative and quantitative, are used to determine eligibility. 


*Due to students being remote starting 3/15/20 during the 19-20 school year, and students not taking the NJSLA, we used any available criteria from the beginning and middle of the 19-20 school year to identify new students for enrichment.*


Screening Phase:

Screening for our enrichment program will be ongoing, utilizing multiple measures identified below.


Screening Process for Students Entering:

Selection Criteria:

Kindergarten

(students will be identified after 2nd Marking Period.)

-Kindergarten Screening (highest 15-20%)


-Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level Assessment (Exceeds Expectations)


-Oncourse Reading and/or Math Assessment (highest 10%, 15%, or 20%)


-TCRWP Benchmark Writing Assessment(33 or more points and/or highest 10% of class)


-An average score of 3.5 or higher in one or more subject areas on the report card


-Teacher recommendation

1st Grade

-Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level Assessment (Exceeds Expectations)


-TCRWP Benchmark Writing Assessment (33 or more points and/or highest 10% of class)


-Oncourse Reading and Math Assessment (highest 10%,15%, or 20%)


-An average score of 3.5 or higher in one or more subject areas on the report card


-Teacher recommendation

2nd and 3rd Grade

-Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level Assessment (Exceeds Expectations)


-TCRWP Benchmark Writing Assessment (33 or more points and/or highest 10% of class)


-Oncourse Reading and Math Assessment (highest 10%, 15%, or 20%)


-An average score of 3.5 or higher in one or more subject areas on the report card


-Teacher recommendation

4th and 5th

-Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level Assessment (Exceeds Expectations)


-TCRWP Benchmark Writing Assessment (33 or more points and/or highest 10% of class)


-Oncourse Reading and Math Assessment (highest 10%, 15%, or 20%)


-An average score of 3.5 or higher in one or more subject areas on the report card


-NJSLA Assessment (5s in either ELA or Math)


-Teacher recommendation

6th Grade- 8th Grade

-Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level Assessment (Exceeds Expectations)


-TCRWP Benchmark Writing Assessment (33 or more points and/or highest 10% of class)


-Oncourse Reading and Math Assessment (highest 10%, 15%, or 20%)


-An average score of 3.5 or higher in one or more subject areas on the report card


-NJSLA Assessment (5s in either ELA or Math)


-Teacher recommendation



Identification and Placement Phase:

The Enrichment Team will meet to compile and organize the data in order to make an informed decision regarding selection. The multiple measure criteria are assigned point values. Please see the chart for complete criteria.




Identification Criteria

Score

Point Value

Kindergarten Screening

150

2

NJSLA Assessments

5

3

ELA and Math District Benchmark Tests (Oncourse)

Score 70-79, 80-89, and 90-100

Score 70-79 =1 point

Score 80-89 = 2 points

Score 90-100 = 3 points

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmark

Exceeding Expectations in current grade level

2

TCRWP Benchmark Writing Assessment

33 points (K-5)

30 points (6-8)

OR

highest 10% of class

2


Report Cards: K-5

Average of 3.5 in core subject

1

Report Cards: 6-8

92%+ in core subject

1

Teacher Nomination

N/A

2




Grades

Qualifying Score for ELA

Highest Possible Score ELA

Qualifying Score for Math

Highest Possible Score Math

Kindergarten

8 (6 for 20/21)

12 (10 for 20/21)

4

6

1-3

6 (4 for 20/21)

10 (7 for 20/21)

4

6

4-5

8 (5 for 20/21)

13 (10 for 20/21)

6 (4 for 20/21)

9 (6 for 20/21)

6-8

8 (5 for 20/21)

13 (10 for 20/21)

6 (4 for 20/21)

9 (6 for 20/21)

(*Students also have the ability to qualify for Enrichment by meeting all but one of the criteria in either ELA or Math. The purpose of this is to utilize a variety of assessments/multiple measures to evaluate students for the program.)



Equitable Identification


  • ELL students will be provided assessments in the language in which the student is most proficient, when available.

  • Farmingdale offers assessments that are responsive to students’ economic conditions, gender, developmental differences, special needs, and any other factors that mitigate against fair assessment practices.

  • Students will be assessed consistently across grade levels.

  • Student assessments will be sensitive to current stage of talent development.

  • Assessment data comes from multiple sources and includes multiple assessment methods.

  • Farmingdale Public School uses assessment instruments that provide evidence of reliability and validity for the intended purposes and target students.  

  • Equitable identification needs must be formally documented in the student’s records.



Identification Process Suggestion

1. Teachers may recommend any students from their current class or from their previous year’s class. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they believe their child would qualify for enrichment and has not been identified.


2. Teachers may also recommend students who display characteristics of giftedness in areas not easily determined by a formal assessment using the list of characteristics of gifted students as a guide. 


3.  These student recommendations will then be reviewed by the Enrichment Team.  The Enrichment Team will include the Enrichment Coordinators, Enrichment teachers, principal, student’s primary teacher(s). Additional teachers may be included on the Enrichment Team as deemed appropriate. For example, including the music teacher if the student’s area of giftedness is music. 


4.  The Enrichment Coordinators and principal will make the determination of acceptance into the program after they review all applicable data. They may use the criteria outlined above, teacher recommendation forms, notes from the Enrichment Team meeting, the student’s school records, and any other evidence provided.


5. Parents of students who are approved for entry into the Enrichment Program will be notified by a written notice. Parents have the right to an informal appeal and review. The principal and Enrichment Coordinators are prepared to work collaboratively with parents to answer any questions and review decisions made about entry into the program. Forms to appeal an enrichment program decision can be found on the school website.


6. Once a student has been invited into the Enrichment Program and the parents have been notified by letter, the student must return the signed letter to be formally accepted into the Enrichment Program.



Program Retention


  • Students must continue to perform to the best of his or her ability in regular classes and seek to reach his or her full potential in the Enrichment Program. 

  • Students must attend all sessions for the Enrichment Program when in attendance at school. 

  • Parents who do not wish for their child to be included in the Enrichment Program may submit a letter indicating their desire for removal from the program.

  • Once in the Enrichment Program, each student will be reviewed on a bi-yearly basis to ensure they continue to maintain the criteria needed for the program. If a student does not continue to maintain the criteria, their file will be reviewed by the Enrichment Team.

*Because of a lack of consistent data from the second half of the 19-20 school year, students will not be removed from the program, even if they did not meet all the criteria when under review for the 20-21 school year.*


Program Services


Tiered Services

Description

Population Served

Responsible Party

Tier 1

Modifications to regular classroom assignments in order to provide enrichment and extended learning opportunities

All Students

Classroom Teacher w/input from Enrichment Teacher

Tier 2

Whole class enrichment opportunities

All Students

Enrichment and Classroom Teacher

Tier 3

Enrichment instruction in lieu of regular instruction on an as-needed basis

Enrichment Students

Enrichment Teacher

Tier 4

Advanced classes, pull-out classes, independent study, mentorships

Enrichment Students

Enrichment Teacher


Appeal/ Renomination Process C.18A:35-38 Complaint for Noncompliance 

An individual who believes that Farmingdale School has not complied with the provisions of the Act may: 

1. File a complaint with the Farmingdale Public Schools Board of Education. 

a. Board’s shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the district’s action in the matter. 

2. Then file a petition of appeal of the board’s written decision to the Commissioner of Education through the Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations. 

Enrichment Decision Appeals and/or Renomination

Teachers, parents or students may appeal any final decision of the selection committee regarding selection or removal from the gifted program. Appeals shall be made first to the selection committee. Any subsequent appeals shall be made in accordance with local/state policy. Steps include the following: 

Submit an appeal letter/ no later than 15 working days after the committee has notified the parents of the selection decision. 

● The committee members will review their decision and will respond to the person making the appeal no later than 15 working days after receipt of the letter of appeal. 

● The committee may request additional testing or data collection and may interview the student and/or parents.


Please print and fill out the below form as part of the appeal process.

Enrichment Appeal Form