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Project Arrow Program Identification Protocol

All students benefit from differentiation of instruction and curriculum. Those who demonstrate potential far beyond that of their age level peers may need opportunities beyond the regular classroom.Indian Prairie School District considers multiple measures in PA placement decisions to ensure a student’s academic needs can best be met through the program’s curriculum and structure.

The identification process for the Project Arrow program occurs on an annual basis at each school. Specific assessment details and timelines can be found in the Opportunities for Academically Talented Students and the PA Identification Timeline documents which are also available on the District 204 website.

FALL: Screening and Initial Data Review

  • Administration of the Cognitive Abilities Tests to all students in Grades 2 and 5
  • Review of standardized test scores on file
  • Review of District assessments
  • Review of observational classroom data

WINTER: Data Collection

  • Administration of additional ability and/or achievement tests for students whose prior standardized test scores or classroom performance falls within the top 10% of academic peers
  • Administration of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test to all students in Grade 5
  • Review of:
    • Classroom assessments
    • District assessments
    • Student artifacts
    • Teacher/Parent input

SPRING: Data Analysis

SPRING: Decision

  • Students whose profile score falls within the qualification range are recommended for the program. Parents will be notified of placement decisions by letter mailed from the school.
  • A principal, teacher or parent can initiate a placement review for any student whose scores fall within the review range.
  • Parents who receive a letter that their child has not been recommended for PA placement may contact the school’s Student Services Coordinator (elementary) or Guidance Counselor (middle school) to discuss the placement review process.
  • The final placement decision rests with the school academic team.

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