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Comparison of GT and Project: REACH

  Elementary GT Project: REACH
Program and Intent Provides an array of services and opportunities to expand students’ creative, academic, and social/emotional potentials during their instructional day. Prepare students in grades 4-5 for a wide range of secondary programs by developing intellectual curiosity that develops them into life-long learners and allows them to reach their full potential.
Who is program for? Identified GT students Qualified 4th - 5th grade students; do not have to be identifed as GT
How does identification process start? Referral form completed by any interested party. Parent/guardian gives permission to assess. Parent/guardian gives permission to apply. (For 2017-2018, must meet minimum criteria.)
Identification/Selection Process Counselors administer assessments. Parents and teachers rate students. Students may have to complete a portfolio. Those scoring above the 90th percentile on 3 of 5 criteria will be considered by the GT committee. For those students with permission to apply, EAA teachers complete a rubric with data from the previous year's STAAR, grades, attendance and conduct. Students complete an application and two teachers complete recommendation forms for consideration as well. Those students who score above a specific cutoff will be invited to participate.
Selection process dates October, January and other times as needed; January for K students First 2-3 weeks of school year for 2017-2018
Parent permission required to participate? Yes Yes
Who is responsible for providing services? Classroom teachers and EAA teachers (For 4th and 5th graders who do not participate in Project REACH, classroom teachers are solely responsible.) EAA teachers
1st - 3rd curriculum Computer coding/Robotics/Research Projects etc. with EAA teacher for one hour most weeks AND teacher choice and differentiation of grade level curriculum with classroom teacher not applicable
4th - 5th curriculum Project REACH curriculum for 2 hours per week if student applies and qualifies AND teacher choice and diffentiation of grade level curriculum with classroom teacher Genius Hour (independent, self-selected research projects)- offered 2 hours per week
Out-of-district transfer students (enrolled at start of school year) GT committee reviews data to see if they qualify for services using district criteria. Can apply just like all other 4th -5th grade students.
Out-of-district transfer students (enrolled after Project REACH classes have started) GT committee reviews data to see if they qualify for services using district criteria. New students will only be considered if their teacher or counselor recommends them.
Furloughs One year break from services with reasons documented and monitored. See policy. Grades, attendance and conduct are monitored. If student is not meeting expectations, parent will be notified for a conference to determine course of action.
Exits Conference with parent, opportunity to improve, if adequate improvements are observed student continues to be identified as GT. See policy. Grades, attendance and conduct are monitored. If student is not meeting expectations, parent will be notified for a conference to determine course of action.