Deadline for Level IV AAP Referrals Extended to February 7, 2014 for
Due to school closings and a delay in the mailing of test scores and second grade pool letters, the deadline for referring any FCPS enrolled student in grades 2-7 for full-time Level IV services for the 2014-15 school year has been extended to Friday, February 7. Referral forms should be submitted to the local school to either the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or the principal.
Parents of students in the 2nd grade pool and parents of students who are referred are encouraged to submit optional materials according to the guidelines in the Parent Information Packet as important information to be considered in the screening file. The deadline for submitting optional materials is February 7, 2014. Optional materials are submitted, along with the referral form, to the local school.
This year, the benchmark score for the 2nd grade screening pool is 132 on either the first grade Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) or any subtest score of the second grade Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The screening pool is for 2nd grade students only and is drawn from the fall testing windows from the first grade NNAT and second grade CogAT. Letters are being sent today, January 24, to families of students in the 2nd grade screening pool. Students who are not in the 2nd grade pool will not be notified. Test results from fall administration of the CogAT are expected to reach families via mail from the local school by the end of January.
The Level IV Referral Form to initiate screening is a single-page document requiring only contact information and a short paragraph describing why a student should be considered for full-time Level IV AAP services. Parents are encouraged to fill out a referral, without waiting for test scores, if they have noticed over time that their student requires a full-time differentiated advanced academic program. Should a student be included in the 2nd grade pool, the referral form may be used as one of the optional pieces of information in the file and will provide the screening committee additional information from the parent perspective as part of the holistic approach to screening for eligibility.