Enrichment Screening Process
Timeline and Overview:

The Enrichment Screening Process involves collecting various sources of data using multiple tools, which allow Yarmouth schools to identify children in need of both gifted education and various types of enrichment.

It begins with nominations, which can come from classroom teachers or parents. Teachers nominate students for further enrichment screening if they are seeing evidence of a consistent need for enrichment in the classroom in either language arts and/or math after differentiating for the student over a length of time. Although nominations for the program can be considered at any time during the school year, the Talents Teachers follow an annual timeline within the screening process. In the fall, classroom teachers can meet with Talents Teachers to use the class identification guide and gifted characteristics to begin to focus on students who excel, or have the potential to excel, beyond their age peers, in the regular school program, to the extent that they need and can benefit from programs for the gifted and talented. Throughout the winter, teachers collect work samples for students they will be nominating for the Talents Program. Teachers can then meet with the Talents Teachers again at the end of the winter to fill out Individual Student Nomination forms for all students whom they are nominating. Teachers fill out the nomination forms with specific anecdotes and references to the submitted work samples that best demonstrates the gifted & talented characteristics noticed in the particular student. The Talents Teachers then record data from an array of test scores that reflect student achievement and ability (see below).

The Enrichment Screening Committee then meets to review all student profiles for nominated students. A rubric based on the C-MODES criteria is used to evaluate each student profile, so that each piece of data collected has the potential to earn a point. This allows the Screening Committee to compare student needs. Then students are compared to their grade level peers and the committee makes an enrichment recommendation for each student. The recommendation may be to provide materials or extensions in the classroom setting, it may be to offer extra-curricular opportunities in the area of need, such as the Writing Club, or it may be to provide weekly enrichment in a small group setting outside of the classroom (essentially consisting of the top 3-5% of the grade in math or language arts). With the exception of the third grade, enrichment recommendations will be made in the spring for the following school year. While the talents teachers endeavor to help classroom teachers challenge all students, enrichment screening is designed to elicit the students who need regular enrichment of some sort to progress. Please note that screening is a yearly process.

Children arriving in Yarmouth with gifted & talented profiles are put "on watch" for roughly two months, in order to determine their academic needs. This means that the Talents Program teacher for the school will collect information about the previous program and services. Then, the Talents Program teacher and the child's classroom teacher will check in with each other periodically as they learn more about the student's enrichment needs.

Screening Process Data Collection:

We collect a wide variety of scores (reflecting both achievement and aptitude) for students being screened for enrichment needs in either language arts or math.

For language arts, we collect and evaluate writing prompt scores, NWEA Measures of Academic Progress, New England Common Assessment Program, *Cognitive Ability Test scores, portfolio pieces rated by the screening committee on the basis of the characteristics we seek (see C-MODES below), as well as information from nomination forms.

For math, we collect and evaluate NWEA Measures of Academic Progress, New England Common Assessment Program, Cognitive Ability Test scores (Raven for 3rd graders), portfolio pieces rated by the screening committee on the basis of the characteristics we seek (see nomination form) & criteria we apply (see C-MODES in class identification guide), as well as information from nomination forms.

*The Cognitive Abilities Test is an aptitude test of several sub-tests by subject, which is administered by Talents Program Teachers to students being screened in either subject area.

Criteria MODES serve as a useful guide as we look over student work and behavior. The acronym stands for:

Content exhibits in-depth understanding through:

M - Materials – clever or resourceful
O - Organization – advanced; unusual; planned
D - Divergence – unique or unexpected idea
E - Elaboration – complex; detailed; content-related
S - Significantly beyond age level

Click on the documents below for more information.

Parents must speak first with the classroom teacher and Talents Program teacher regarding GT nomination before nominating their child.

Students who demonstrate a need for weekly enrichment in the pull-out program as well as students whose enrichment needs are met in the classroom have access to school-wide enrichment opportunities as outlined on the program information page.