Northbrook District 27 believes there are children who can be identified as intellectually gifted. These children have unique and exceptional needs and abilities that necessitate a program qualitatively different from the regular classroom program. While a rigorous curriculum meets the needs of most students, a small percentage of students demonstrate a need for services beyond those provided in the classroom. District 27 provides enriched services in two programs: English Language Arts and Mathematics.
The English Language Arts program, Extended Learning Program (ELP), is designed to meet the needs of students displaying academic strengths in the areas of reading and language arts for students in 4th through 8th grades, and additionally, in social studies for students in Grades 6 through 8. Advanced math placement begins in fifth grade for qualifying students; ELP identification is not a prerequisite for advanced math
The referral process is the first step in the identification process for ELP. Students entering 4th through 8th grades may be nominated for screening by teachers, parents, or administrators who have knowledge of the student's intellectual capabilities. The following academic data are analyzed:
- Terra Nova scores in the areas of Vocabulary and Reading: The Terra Nova is a nationally-normed criterion reference test; scores reflect the child's local percentile, that is, the child in comparison to his/her Northbrook 27 grade-level peers.
- STAR Reading scores: STAR is also a nationally-normed criterion reference test which is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.
- The Aptitude score from the Test of Cognitive Skills, administered during the Terra Nova testing. It measures a student's readiness for learning and is not necessarily commensurate with an IQ score.
As a result of the data analysis, some students are invited to take the Stanford Binet V individual intelligence test. The Binet is administered by a School District 27 Psychologist. The results of this test (IQ Score) contribute to the placement decision. A District 27 school psychologist may administer additional testing to complete the referral process, if any is required.
Northbrook School District 27 believes in the practice of differentiation for all students. Differentiation is an instructional philosophy and practice that includes modifying the product, the process, the content, and the learning environment based upon student interest, student readiness, and individual student needs.