• Challenge Identification, Eligibility and Placement Procedures 

    Valley View School District 365U believes that all students should be given the opportunity to be screened for placement into the district Challenge program. Identification procedures include but are not limited to formal assessments (ability and achievement) and teacher observation. There are several steps described below for identification and eligibility. An appeals process is included for those parents and/or teachers who want to have a student’s data reviewed. The following criteria outlines the procedures for invitation into a specific program.


    Screening

    The district automatically screens all Grade 1 students using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) in December/January (based on overall assessment load each school year). Students in Grades 2, 3, and 4 are screened in February based on performance on fall and winter district assessment scores. Specifically, a student will be administered the NNAT3 if they meet both criteria below:

    • a score of "excelling" on all current year District Math Semester 1 assessments (Eureka Math End-of-Module Assessments)
    • a score of "excelling" on the current year District English-Language Arts Winter assessment (administered in December)


    Eligibility

    The list of data reviewed to determine eligibility includes, but may not be limited to, district common assessments, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3), Renaissance STAR 360, PARCC state tests, classroom performance & teacher recommendations. Students are eligible for the Challenge program based on the following criteria:

    *This information is subject to change based on changes to assessments, IL state board mandates, and other considerations. Please contact your home school principal with any questions or clarifications.

    Grade 1

    (1) Students meeting all three requirements below:

    • a score on the Naglieri (NNAT3) at or above the 89th percentile (score of 120+)
    • a score on the first grade STAR 360 - Reading at or above the 80th percentile
    • a score of "excelling" on District Math Unit 1 and Unit 2 assessments (Eureka)

    OR

    (2) Students meeting the following requirement:

    • a score on the Naglieri (NNAT3) at or above the 98th percentile (score of 130+)

     

    Grade 2-4
    Students meeting all three requirements below:

    • a score on the Naglieri (NNAT3) at or above the 89th percentile (score of 120+)
    • a score of "excelling" on all current year District Math Semester 1 assessments (Eureka Math Priority Module End-of-Module Assessments)
    • a score of "excelling" on the current year District English-Language Arts Winter assessment (administered in December) and/or STAR 360 - Reading at or above the 90th percentile (grade dependent)


    Placement

    The results from the Naglieri will be sent home to parents/guardians with a determination of Challenge program eligibility. If a student qualifies for the program, parents will also receive a packet of information, including a permission form, a sibling transfer request form, and a Challenge school fact sheet. During this same time period, teachers of students who are being considered for program placement may be asked to complete a teacher recommendation form. Once students accept placement into the Challenge program, they will retain placement during elementary school unless they opt out of the program or concerns are noted with performance that may suggest a more appropriate setting for a child’s learning.


    Appeals Process

    Once a student is administered the Naglieri based on the criteria described on this page, a parent or staff member may appeal a determination of non-eligibility and request that a student’s information be re-evaluated. The process begins with the submission of a written request to the child’s home school principal requesting an appeal. The home school principal will then make an initial decision on the merits of the appeal. Appeals that proceed result in further data review by district staff and possibly further assessment of the student's ability level. A final determination of eligibility will be communicated to the parent/guardian at the conclusion of the appeals process.


    Deadline Information

    Students invited into the Challenge program will need a completed permission form (and sibling transfer form, if needed) turned in by the deadline set in the invitation letter from the school district. For all grade levels, appeals for Challenge eligibility must be communicated to the home school principal within 30 days of receiving notice of eligibility. Appeals will not be considered after this deadline.