All About ALP
Special Topic - Elementary ALP Placement
Volume 1 - November 2023
Greenwich Public Schools serves the top achieving students through the Advanced Learning Program in elementary school, Advanced courses in middle school, and Honors and AP courses in high school. The aim is to provide appropriate learning experiences and intellectual challenges that result in continuous academic growth.
The Grade 2 program uses an enrichment model in reading and math. A student's homeroom teacher remains their primary reading and/or math teacher. Students placed in reading and/or math are pulled out of their homerooms for additional curricula experiences or activities on grade level in reading and/or Math.
The Grades 3, 4, and 5 program uses a replacement model in reading, math, and science. The ALP teacher becomes the student's primary reading, math, and/or science teacher. Instruction is both advanced and, where appropriate, accelerated. Advanced is defined as opportunities to study topics in greater depth or breadth. Acceleration is defined as the presentation of curriculum sooner and at a more rapid pace than the regular curriculum.
All students go through the initial screening for the Advanced Learning Program. A combination of subjective and objective data is considered during the ALP screening process.
The referral process in grades 2-5 is broken down into three tiers:
- Tier 1: Students in grades 2-5 are first flagged as potentially needing an advanced program by a review of academic performance on assessments given at a district level.
- Tier 2: Students who are doing well in their classroom on a daily basis are referred for additional testing by their teachers.
- Tier 3: Parents are invited to refer their child based on what they see outside of school. At the beginning of the parent referral window, a form is emailed to all parents and is also available on the district ALP website.
It does not matter at which tier a student is referred, all students are considered equally for placement in the Advanced Learning Program.
Greenwich uses three types of assessments to paint a precise picture of who the student is:
- Aptitude (CoGAT- Cognitive Abilities Test)
- Achievement (NWEA - Northwest Evaluation Association)
- Qualitative (Performance Task)
Aptitude and Qualitative assessments are embedded into the general education program.
Above grade-level achievement is assessed using the NWEA Reading, Math, and/or Science assessments (depending upon referral subject(s)). More information about the NWEA can be found online.
Students' scores on the CogAT and NWEA are analyzed using a “Z-score.” This statistical calculation explains how a student performs in relation to the class, school, and district average. The Z-scores are used to create a score profile for every student.
All score profiles are also reviewed by a group of teachers, administrators, and members of the ALP leadership team at what we call a Building Advisory Committee. The team conducts a comprehensive review of each child’s score profile and performance during the evaluation in order to make final placement decisions. The final decision is based on a combination of objective test data performance and subjective judgment. All selection decisions reflect the best professional judgment of the committee to determine how to meet each child’s needs.
There are multiple Pathways for placement into ALP.
Students are recommended for ALP placement if their average Z-score places within:
- Top 10% of Building Achievement or Top 10% of District Achievement
- Additional considerations including information provided on the parent referral and input form, teacher feedback from embedded performance tasks and assessments, as well as factors that make placement and performance more complex for twice exceptional students
It is important to remember that children develop at different rates and that strengths emerge at different times and points during a student’s school career. For this reason, we provide rigorous on-grade level core content classes designed to foster critical thinking and skills of a range of students, and we offer multiple entry points into accelerated classes over the course of a student’s K-12 learning/academic experience in the Greenwich Public Schools.
Special PTA Event!
It’s Not Just ALP!
How do teachers assure that the needs of our high achieving students will be met in their grade level classroom? Come learn about how District Program Coordinators and the Advanced Learning Program actively work together to ensure that the curriculum is both engaging and adequately challenging so classroom teachers are able to provide the best possible opportunities for all of the students in Greenwich.
Join Bonnie O’Regan, Advanced Learning Program Facilitator, via Zoom
Meeting ID: 818 3879 0299
Thursday, Dec 14, 2023, 09:15 AM
Dates to Know
Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Placement Procedures Q&A morning session
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Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023, 09:30 AM
Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Placement Procedures Q&A evening session
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Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023, 07:00 PM
Middle School Transition morning session
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Monday, Jan 22, 2024, 09:30 AM
Middle School Transition morning Spanish session
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Monday, Jan 22, 2024, 10:30 AM
Middle School Transition evening session
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Monday, Jan 22, 2024, 07:00 PM
Middle School Transition evening Spanish session
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Monday, Jan 22, 2024, 08:00 PM
Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Placement Q&A morning session
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Tuesday, Feb 6, 2024, 09:30 AM
Grade 2 ALP Enrichment Placement Q&A evening session
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Tuesday, Feb 6, 2024, 07:00 PM
Elementary ALP Placement Procedures Q&A morning session
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Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024, 09:30 AM
Elementary ALP Placement Procedures Q&A evening session
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Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024, 07:00 PM
Elementary ALP Placement Q&A morning session
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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024, 09:30 AM
Elementary ALP Placement Q&A evening session
Or Dial 646 558 8656 and use Webinar ID: 817 3523 1223
Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024, 07:00 PM
ALP Leadership Team
Our administrator content area curriculum coordinators work alongside ALP facilitator, Bonnie O'Regan, to create a cohesive experience for our students.
Contact ALP Leadership
Location: 290 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT, USA
Phone: (203) 625-7462