Gifted Education Services
The Oswego CUSD308 Gifted Education screening process precedes identification and placement into services. The screening process includes reviewing the STAR Math and Reading scores, Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) scores, and input from the classroom teacher via the use of the HOPE Teacher Rating Scale. This tool allows for teacher observation and input into the review process, which considers two domains: Academic and Social.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Services
In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, enrichment and differentiation are offered across core subject areas. Early entrance to kindergarten and 1st grade are also available. Please refer to information and paperwork provided on the Oswego CUSD308 website:
Paperwork is due by May 1.
3rd - 5th Grade Gifted Education Services
Cluster grouping with students of similar academic strengths and abilities is utilized in third grade. Students will benefit from consistent, daily interaction with a group of intellectual peers. The cluster teacher(s) will provide differentiation and curriculum compacting, a form of acceleration, within the core curriculum. The cluster teacher will have access to specialized training and support in the areas of gifted education and differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction involves using teaching strategies to modify the content, pace, process, product and learning environment to meet the needs of individual students.
In 3rd grade, Daily Replacement Math is taught daily by a trained teacher. Other 3rd grade students have the opportunity to flexibly group into this math classroom based upon pre-assessments/student readiness.
In 4th and 5th grades, Daily Replacement Math is taught daily by a Gifted Education teacher at the same time as the math block. This instruction replaces math instruction in their homeroom class.
If you wish to appeal the panel's decision regarding gifted education services, please complete the Elementary Appeals form and send to the Director of Elementary Education.
Forms are due June 30th, 2019.
Junior High Services
Students who participated in 5th Grade Cluster Group ELA transition to 6th Grade Honors ELA. This course is content accelerated (7th grade Common Core State Standards), using Springboard as a resource. Summer course work is required: Reading and annotating The Red Kayak in preparation for a Socratic Seminar.
Students who did not participate in 5th Grade Cluster Group ELA may be recommended. A screening panel will use qualitative (stakeholder comments) and quantitative data (STAR data, local assessments, CogAT scores) to determine whether the student qualifies for 6th Grade Honors ELA. Summer course work along with a placement letter will be mailed home in March/April if a student qualifies. Letters are not sent home to students who do not qualify for services.
Students who participated in 5th Grade Cluster Group Math or 5th Grade Daily Replacement Math transition to 6th Grade Honors Math (7th Grade Common Core State Standards).
Students who did not participate in 5th Grade Cluster Group Math may be recommended. A screening panel will use qualitative (stakeholder comments) and quantitative data (STAR data, local assessments, CogAT scores) to determine whether the student qualifies for 6th Grade Honors Math. Placement letters will be mailed home in March/April if a student qualifies. Letters are not sent home to students who do not qualify for services.
The Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) is also administered to all Daily Replacement Math students as well as Cluster Group Math students who score at or above the 90th percentile (scale score) two grade levels higher. The results from IAAT as well as STAR, CogAT, and teacher input are reviewed to determine readiness for Pre-Algebra in 6th grade (8th grade standards) in lieu of 6th Grade Honors Math. A screening panel reviews data to determine placement. IAAT Profile Results information from IAAT, as well as placement decisions, are mailed home to families by the end of April.
Junior High Math Pathways
If you wish to appeal your child’s math placement, please complete the Junior High Appeals by May 31st
Acceleration is the practice of providing curriculum and instruction that is typically reserved for children who are older or at higher grade levels, and/or facilitating progress in a curriculum at a faster-than-typical pace.
Oswego CUSD308 provides acceleration options:
- Content acceleration
- Examples: Daily Replacement Math, 6th Honors ELA and 6th Honors Math are just some of the courses that are content accelerated.
- Whole-grade acceleration (“Grade-skipping”)
- Oswego CUSD308 follows a process for acceleration: Process for Acceleration
- Acceleration Referral forms are due on or before March 15th to be evaluated for screening for the following school year.
Referrals may be completed by the parent/guardian, teacher, or administrator.
- Oswego CUSD308 uses the Iowa Acceleration Scale to evaluate students for acceleration.
- Curriculum compacting
- Specialized courses (in-class and online)
- Dual credit courses (high school)
- Early graduation (high school)
- Content acceleration