Enhanced Learning Assessments
How are decisions made regarding appropriate programming for students?
In-School Review Committee (ISRC)
As teachers gather information about a student, including parent perspectives, they may notice high levels of achievement, intellectual curiosity, creativity and/or motivation. Teachers would present these students for discussion to the In-School Review Committee for enhanced programming considerations. The ISRC may recommend administration of the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (C-CAT), the completion of a GRS, the opportunity for enhancements through the ISELP and/or the completion of a psycho educational assessment.
The C-CAT is a norm-referenced measure of cognitive abilities that is helpful in screening students for special education purposes. C-CATs are normally administered to Grade 4 students, though the ISRC may also recommend administration of a C-CAT for other students in any grade. Upon review of student C-CAT results, the ISRC may request the completion of the Gifted Rating Scales (GRS), recommend the In-School Enhanced Learning Program (ISELP), and/or completion of a psycho-educational assessment to meet students’ needs.
Gifted Rating Scale (GRS)
This is a rating scale completed by teachers. The completion of the GRS provides information to assist the school team in determining student needs for differentiation beyond regular classroom programming. It incorporates a multi-dimensional model of giftedness measuring intellectual ability, academic ability, creativity, and motivation. The purpose of the GRS is to identify, recommend, and create appropriate resources and programs to meet the learning needs of the individual student, by determining their strengths in one or more domains.
The psycho-educational assessment is an essential element to identify a student as Exceptional Intellectual-Gifted. After a student’s profile is reviewed at an ISRC, a complete psycho-educational assessment is required prior to identification by an appropriate Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC).
The psycho-educational assessment and the Gifted Rating Scales (GRS) are part of the student profile that will be used by the IRPC to determine whether a student meets the criteria to be identified as Exceptional Intellectual – Gifted and be offered placement in an Enhanced Learning Class (Tier 3).