EXCEL PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does a student qualify for the EXCEL program?
CogAT-7 testing (verbal and quantitative/nonverbal), NWEA-MAP data, MCA III data ,Classroom Performance, Teacher Referral, Parent Survey, Student (Self) Survey
When will students in grades four through eight be identified?
How many students will be included in the EXCEL program?
What is the difference between services for students in 1st-3rd grade and those in 4th-8th grade?
For 1st-3rd graders, EXCEL services are indirect. The EXCEL resource teachers supports highly able learners by assisting teachers as they differentiate their units of instruction. This may involve finding advanced content for students to use, creating and supervising tasks at varying levels of difficulty or complexity, and helping with time-intensive units that allow students to choose different products to show their knowledge and understanding. Whole-group lessons that provide creative, intellectual enrichment to students in all classrooms may also take place. During this time, homeroom teachers will have the opportunity to observe their students from a different vantage point which will further develop their knowledge about their students By using an indirect service model for our youngest students, we are more fully and effectively supporting several objectives written into our program design. The first is that we will identify students who exhibit unique abilities or potential significantly beyond that of their peers of similar age, experience, or environment. The second is that the general education curriculum will be extended to engage and challenge these highly able learners. These goals are echoed in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Program Standards (2010).
We believe 4th-8th graders who have a formally identified need for Level 4 EXCEL services require a learning experience different from that of their classmates. Therefore, we have established a setting for the exchange of ideas with other gifted students. There is a formal EXCEL class in place for a number of students every day. This occurs during the intervention periods. The purpose of this time is to provide daily opportunity for critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and independent learning. Goals include growth of personal and academic self-discipline, pursuit of unique investigations, development of problem solving techniques, development of realistic and healthy concepts of self and others, and willingness to assume leadership and responsibility. By participating in this class, students will be able to be challenged in a learning environment in which they are encouraged to go beyond the known and obvious, where process is emphasized over factual learning, and scholarly exploration is expected and facilitated. More information on curricular goals can be found on the EXCEL website.
If included in the EXCEL program, how often will my child meet with the EXCEL teacher?
That being said, some students will participate in a needs-based classroom experience (commonly known as pull-out classes). This begins in 4th grade. Formally identified students will meet with the EXCEL teacher every day to participate in activities designed to address their verbal, nonverbal, quantitative, and affective needs.
How can I learn more about the EXCEL program?
|Last Updated: 10/17/16|