The Scott City R-1 School District recognizes each student as a unique individual and seeks to provide opportunities for the maximum development of his or her capacities. Based on this philosophy, a differentiated learning environment with acceleration in content and enrichment opportunities is available for academically gifted children. Due to their extraordinary academic and affective abilities, they need a learning environment that challenges them to reach intellectual potential.
The Scott City R-1 “SEEK” Program is designed to encourage critical and creative thinking skills while guiding students to become self-directed learners. The program will help the academically gifted students in reaching their scholastic, social, and emotional needs without isolating them from the regular classroom.
SEEK is an acronym for Search, Expand and Enhance Knowledge. Students placed in the program will:
- Develop advanced critical and creative thinking skills, and problem solving abilities.
- Interact and work successfully with people of all ages and ability levels.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the affective (social and emotional) and educational needs of being gifted.
- Evaluate their personal strengths and be challenged by learning experiences that are not ordinarily a part of the regular classroom curriculum.
- Adequately compliment the characteristics of gifted children by setting a faster pace of learning and selecting themes and content with more complexity or depth.
Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
- Materials and activities selected will be appropriate for gifted learners going beyond those available in the regular classroom.
- Content will be advanced and involve more complex concepts organized around themes or students’ interest.
- Students will be offered choices of products to correlate with the theory of multiple intelligences, multiple media presentations, and the opportunity for using community resources.
- A long time frame will allow more in-depth work in areas of interest and challenge.
- Multi-disciplinary instruction will allow students to set their own pace and work at different development levels.
- The local norm will be the existing top 3-4% of the student population at Scott City R-1.
- Professionally accepted definitions/characteristics of giftedness will be considered.
- A review of available screening and selection/placement instruments was completed to select those that are non-discriminatory, developmentally appropriate, and offer consideration of the total population.
- Our local school district and state requirements were considered in the areas of general mental ability, academic ability, reasoning and problem-solving ability, and performance.
Identification, Evaluation and Placement
The SEEK program will evaluate students using the following screening and individual selection/placement process. Students identified for placement in this program must meet criteria designated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and our local school district. The areas of intelligence, achievement/academic ability, problem solving skills, and teacher recommendations are involved in the selection process.
1. Students must meet two of the following criteria during screening for advancement to the individual evaluation and selection procedure.
- Student must score advanced on the MAP test in both ELA and Math. Kindergarten students must have a composite score in the 95th percentile or above on the DIAL.
- An IQ of 115 or above on the group Cognitive Abilities Test.
- A teacher recommendation. A teacher recommendation form for elementary students will be completed by the homeroom teacher. Students in fifth grade and beyond will have teacher recommendation forms completed by the math, science, and communication arts teachers. The scores from these teachers will be averaged to create a final recommendation score. The final recommendation score must be 80% or above.
2. Students advancing to individual evaluation will need to meet two of the three following, and score at the 95th percentile or above on an accepted individualized intelligence test to be placed in the gifted program.
- Score 95% on one of the Renzulli scales for learning, creativity, or motivation.
- Have a 10.5 average GPA in applicable classes for grade, or 85% on mastery of grade level checklist.
- Advanced on MAP in both ELA and Math, or 85% on the Likert scale.
Parent permission will be received before giving the student an individualized intelligence test. The facilitator will notify the parents of the results by letter and/or conference after the selection process is complete. Parent permission will be received before placement in the program.
3. Students who transfer from a school with a state assisted gifted program shall be placed in the receiving district's program if:
- Both programs are general academic programs.
- The student met the requirements for a Missouri school's state-assisted program.
- The student meets or exceeds the selection criteria established by the receiving school for placement in its gifted program.
- The student and parents agree to such placement.
Student Testing and Waiting List
Students can be tested a maximum of three times during their academic career. Two tests can be administered in elementary and one in middle school, or one in elementary and two in middle school, but all three tests will not be administered in only elementary or middle school. Students will not be tested in consecutive years.
When the total number of students exceeds the number of students recommended by the program guidelines, 5% of the student population, students will be placed on a waiting list. As spots become available, students on the waiting list will be placed in the program in the chronological order that their "Permission to be Placed" letter was returned.
The SEEK advisory committee, made up of administrators, counselors, classroom teachers, a board member, a parent, and the gifted facilitator, will meet at the end of each school year to discuss areas of concern and make recommendations for SEEK improvement.
- SEEK students are responsible for:
- Knowing concepts for classes on the day they attend SEEK
- Long-term on-going projects
- SEEK students should NOT responsible for:
- Every homework problem assigned the day they miss class
- In-class activities of the day they attend SEEK
- Extra or different work because of their attendance in SEEK
It shall be at the teacher’s discretion to what extent students will be required to show understanding of class concepts for the day missed due to SEEK attendance. This may include partial homework assignments, reading over class notes or an informal oral quiz.
- Students may be withdrawn from the SEEK program due to:
- Inability of student to maintain satisfactory school progress.
- Recommendation of the student with parent approval.
- Parent recommendation with student approval.
- Lack of student interest or other special circumstances noted by the facilitator
- Failure of the student to maintain the school’s C- (4.0 GPA) standard.
- To regain immediate SEEK privileges, students may enroll in after school study sessions. Grades will be reviewed after two weeks of study sessions and if the grades meet the minimum standards, the student will be allowed to return.
- Students may return to the program if grades are above the C- average at the end of the next grading quarter.
- Removal from the program does not preclude the subsequent placement back into the SEEK program. Conditions which caused the initial withdrawal may have changed and placement in the program may be appropriate at a later date
August - Advisory meeting to discuss enrollment of students tested in prior year to ensure that appropriate criteria and qualifications were met. Placement permission letters sent to parents of students who qualified for the SEEK program.
September-December - Building counselors will compile a list of students who score at or above the 95th percentile on the MAP test, Terra Nova test, Cognitive Abilities test, and/or the DIAL Assessment. List is reported to SEEK Director.
January - Teacher recommendations will be given to the teachers of the students who met the 95th percentile or above.
February - Deadline to return all Teacher Recommendation forms to SEEK director is February 15th. SEEK Director will score all Teacher Recommendation forms and record students who meet the criteria to be tested for the gifted program.
March - Counselors and gifted director will meet, and review, all students who have met screening criteria for further testing. A list for further testing will be compiled, and Parent Permission letters will be mailed.
April - The deadline for Parent Permission letters to be returned to SEEK director is April 15th.
May-June - Conduct testing on eligible students.