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Frequently Asked Questions about Advanced Content in Elementary School

Describe the Advanced Content (AC) model.

Students are homogeneously grouped on the basis of academic performance/achievement in a specific academic content area. Classes include gifted and highly-able students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation in a particular content area as determined by criteria (attached within).

 

How does the work of in an AC course differ from an on-level course? 

AC programmatic instruction includes accelerated pacing of spiraled material, performance tasks that extend grade-level standards and expectations, and an introduction to above grade-level standards and concepts. Strategies appropriate for advanced learner are incorporated into daily lessons.

 

Is there reciprocity among Cobb elementary schools for AC service?

Yes, if the receiving school is providing AC courses and there is available space in the AC class.  Cobb schools are expected to support reciprocity of services as long as the student has been identified using the CCSD AC matrix and was successful in the AC course(s) at the previous school.

 

Can students qualify for AC in 5th grade if they didn’t qualify in 4th?

Yes. Schools should refer to the 5th grade matrix when making AC placement decisions at the end of 4th grade. 5th grade students may also qualify for AC mid-year when updated standardized test data is available if the school chooses. 

  
How does the AC model impact the current elementary gifted resource model (Target)?

The AC model will not impact the Target resource model and not all gifted students will qualify for AC courses at the elementary level.   

 

How will  AC instruction be delivered?

At Vaughan, Math instruction will be delivered in by a gifted certified classroom teacher via guided groups. Reading/Langugae Arts will be delivered by a gifted certified teacher as a pull-out model.

What are the requirements for continued placement from 4th to 5th grade?

Descriptor

Criteria

Class performance

80-100% yearly average

Milestones

Proficient or Distinguished Learner in the AC course subject

 

Advanced Content Placement Criteria

4th Grade AC Reading/ELA

Descriptor

Criteria

Class performance

3’ or ‘3+’ - yearly average in 3rd grade Reading

Achievement

90 - 99th %ile Total Reading on 3rd grade IOWA  OR

Distinguished learner designation on Milestones in English Language Arts

Ability

85 - 99th %ile Verbal age percentile on 3rd grade CogAT

  

4th Grade AC Math

Descriptor

Criteria

Class performance

3’ - yearly average in 3rd grade Math

Achievement

90 - 99th %ile Total Math on 3rd grade IOWA  OR

Distinguished learner designation on Milestones in Math

Ability

85 - 99th %ile Quantitative age percentile on 3rd grade CogAT

 

   

 

 

5th AC Reading/ELA 

Descriptor

Criteria

Class performance

90-100%  - yearly average in 4th grade Reading

Achievement

90 - 99th %ile Total Reading on most recent IOWA  OR

Distinguished learner designation on Milestones in English Language Arts

Ability

85 - 99th %ile Verbal age percentile on most recent CogAT

 

 5th AC Math

Descriptor

Criteria

Class performance

90-100%  - yearly average in 4th grade Math

Achievement

90 - 99th %ile Total Math on most recent IOWA OR

Distinguished learner designation on Milestones in Math

Ability

85 - 99th %ile Quantitative age percentile on most recent CogAT