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Level IV AAP Services:
Transcript of Level IV AAP Services:
Screening and Selection for FCPS Students
Pool or Referral?
Each year, when ability test results are received by Fairfax County, a county-wide benchmark is determined for second grade students
Second graders who score at or above the benchmark are considered “the pool”
A letter is sent with test scores to notify parents if their second grade student is in “the pool”
What are Level IV
Full-Time AAP services?
What does Level IV AAP look like?
Goals of the Level IV AAP Program
FCPS Level IV AAP Services
Highly challenging instructional program that follows the FCPS Program of Studies
Differentiation in the depth, breadth, and pace of instruction designed to meet the needs of advanced learners
Adaptations are made to challenge gifted learners and place emphasis on critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
Learning environment allows students to explore and express their ideas with other highly able peers
Level IV AAP students work above grade level in math
The math curriculum uses the Advanced Math program
The AM program uses resources from the AAP Curriculum
Though enriched to add breadth and depth, the same curriculum standards are taught in science and social studies (units extend on grade level curriculum)
Goal I: To provide for mastery, enrichment, and extension of the core standards of learning in all curriculum areas, infused with appropriate resources (including technology) at a pace, depth, and complexity appropriate to the capacity of high ability learners.
Goal II: To develop an understanding of systems of knowledge, themes, issues, and problems that frame the external world.
Goal III: To develop cognitive and metacognitive skills that foster independent self-directed learning.
Goal IV: To develop self-understanding.
Goal V: To develop social skills that enable students to develop their leadership skills, their interpersonal skills, and their ability to effectively relate to others in a variety of situations.
Goals of Level IV AAP
Goals of Level IV AAP
Steps 1 -8 for identifying children for full time placement in Advanced Academics (Level IV)
All 2nd grade pool students will be considered for Level IV AAP placement unless a parent requests otherwise in writing
Parents of students in the 2nd grade pool are encouraged to supplement the pool file with optional documents
2nd grade students in the pool have no greater chance of Level IV eligibility other than the test score earned
No test score guarantees eligibility
The benchmark score is released on the AAP website in January
The pool only applies to second graders – all students in other grades who wish to be screened must submit a referral
The pool is just a starting point and does not guarantee eligibility since, according to Virginia regulation, no single piece of information can find a student eligible or ineligible.
FCPS uses a holistic case study approach as prescribed in the National Association for Gifted Children’s best practices.
Submit Documents for Screening File
Students in Grades 2 – 7 can be referred for Level IV AAP services by submitting the Level IV referral form
Referrals and all other optional documents are due to local school AART by
January 15, 2016
Documents that are submitted by parents:
The FCPS Level IV Referral Form (fillable document online) -
required for referrals
A Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (fillable document online) - optional
Up to 4 pages (single-sided 8 ½ x 11) of work samples or digital photos - optional
Up to 5 pages (single-sided 8 ½ x 11) of awards/certificates /letters of recommendation - optional
Other ability test scores - optional
Referral files include a referral form completed by the parent or a legal guardian
A parent or guardian of a pool student may submit a referral form in lieu of a recommendation letter*
*If you are waiting for test scores, submit a referral form anyway by the deadline. We need this in order to start the process at the local school.
Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional)
Highly recommended (both pool and referral files)
A complete Questionnaire consists of the student name, checks in each of the appropriate boxes with
specific examples below each of the given statements, and signature of the person completing the form
Parents may submit up to 4 single-sided sheets of work samples or digital photos scanned onto 8 ½ x 11” paper
Work samples are to give evidence to the student’s ability to problem solve, think creatively, apply their knowledge, or show individual motivation for learning
Quality work samples are open-ended pages of writing, art, mathematical reasoning, thinking, problem solving, and exceptional abilities in any academic area
Projects students have created are great examples and often are best portrayed through digital pictures with captions written either by the parent or the child to explain what was completed
Awards/Letters of Commendation
Separate from the work samples
Up to 5 total single-sided pages (not 5 letters necessarily)
No teacher or specialist in FCPS may contribute to these letters in any way
Awards or letters can be submitted regarding a talent or passion your child demonstrates with an intense interest that showcases their strengths.
Other Abilities Test scores
Coginitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)
Individually Administered Tests
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC- IV)
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
Cognitive Assessment System (CAS)
Kaufman Assessment Battery
Differential Ability Scale (DAS)
The George Mason University Cognitive Assessment program also offers group and individual ability tests
Evaluations from other private clinical psychologists are
accepted only with a copy of his or her current psychology license
Abilities test from another school district - need to be clearly labeled
Local Screening Committees Meet
Meets at local school to complete all portfolios including the Gifted Behaviors Rating Scale with commentary for pool and referred students and 2 work samples produced at school
Consists of at least the first three of the following:
Advanced Academic Resource Teacher
Team of Classroom Teachers
Level IV AAP Center Lead Teacher
ESOL teacher/Reading teacher (if applicable)
Other staff contribute to GBRS commentary
Committee does not make placement decisions or recommendations for each student
Gifted Behavior Rating Scale (GBRS)
The Gifted Behaviors Rating Scale (GBRS) is a scale used to identify exceptional behaviors in each student in FCPS
The Local Screening Committee meets to complete the ratings and adds comments to support their numeric rating
The four categories considered on the GBRS for each student are:
Exceptional Ability to Learn
Exceptional Application of Knowledge
Exceptional Creative/Productive Thinking
Exceptional Motivation to Succeed
In each category, students are given a 1 – 4 rating based on the frequency of behaviors displayed during classroom activities
Being that the title of each category is “Exceptional”, a rating of a 4 is very rare
Central Selection Committee Meets
Up to 6 committee members read each file to determine if there is enough evidence to support Level IV placement
Countywide Advanced Academic
Central Selection Committee
Committee members evaluate all available data using a holistic approach and looking for compelling evidence that a child’s needs cannot be met in a general education
No specific score on any one measure determines eligibility.
The committee does not produce individual eligibility reports.
Oversight Committee Reviews Files
Reviews all ineligibility decisions
Monitors the consistency of the selection committee and may identify additional students who have profiles similar to the profiles of those found eligible
Parent Notification and Level IV Orientations
Local schools are notified of all eligible decisions
Advanced Academic Programs office mails eligibility decisions and an AAP (Level IV) Permission for Placement Form to parents or guardians of eligible students by the end of March
Eligible students are invited to attend an orientation at their assigned AAP (Level IV) site in April
AAP office also mails letters to parents or guardians of ineligible students (letter also contains appeal information)
Decisions are not released by phone, fax, e-mail, or in person
Appeals Due by April 29, 2016
Parents/Guardians of students not found eligible by both the central selection committee and the oversight committee may submit a written request for an appeal
The request MUST include
An explanation regarding the child’s academic needs for Level IV placement
New data not provided in the original file
Appeals are due on or by April 29, 2016 to the AAP central office.
Appeal Decisions Mailed
Parents who submit an appeal receive a decision in writing by June 1, 2016.
Every child’s file receives a very thorough screening and review
The decision of the appeals committee is final; parents may refer their child again the following year
Students found ineligible for Level IV services may be considered for part-time school based AAP Level III or differentiated Level II services at their local school
the FCPS AAP website:
Created by Payal Herendeen