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SMS Back in Session 5/24/2017
   
 

Salem Middle School will be back in session for a normal day tomorrow - May 24. Our air quality test came back passing. Thank you so much for your patience! There is a document posted on facebook and our website with Frequently Asked Questions about how this will affect S M S students. Please take a look and call us with questions. Thank you!




SCS Identification Process Sub-Sections

 

Testing Students for Academic Aptitude

 

Elementary
All students in Grades 2 and 5 participate in ability assessments using a nationally normed test of academic aptitude. Students new to the school and students in grades K, 1, 3, or 4 who have been added to the talent pool based on achievement or qualitative screening measures may be tested with the same nationally normed test of academic aptitude. Our guideline for High Ability identification is based on academic aptitude at or near the 90th percentile on local norms, taking into consideration the standard error of measure that is reported with each test. 
Middle School
Students new to the school and students who have been added to the talent pool based on achievement or qualitative screening measures are tested using a nationally normed test of academic aptitude. Our guideline for High Ability identification is based on academic aptitude at or near the 90th percentile on local norms, taking into consideration the standard error of measure that is reported with each test. 
High School
In Grades 9-12, identification for academic aptitude will be based on AP Potential Expectancy Tables or a similar measure. All 10th graders , students new to the school and students who have been added to the talent pool based on performance or qualitative measures will be encouraged to take the PSAT. 

 

One way students qualify as High Ability or General Intellectual is to show exceptional potential on a nationally normed test that measures IQ. Kindergarten students and grade 1 students are tested using CTB/McGraw Hill’s PCTS or Primary Test of Cognitive Skills. For students in grades 2-8 SCS uses the InView test from CTB/McGraw Hill.   High school students will be encouraged take the PSAT and be selected for High Ability based on their AP Potential report.
 

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