Dear Parents and Guardians,
Effective September 2016, the Toronto District School Board (Board) will
be introducing a
universal screening process for all grade 3 students across the board. The
purpose of this universal screening test is to:
information to classroom teachers about the strengths and learning needs of
each student in order to better support teachers in programming for students
to know when to bring a student forward to the In School Team (IST) or School
Support Team (SST) for programming suggestions, and, in some cases for
referrals to psychology in light of high or low cognitive functioning or
otherwise remarkable cognitive profiles
equity of access for all students to differentiated programming
Make the process of identification for
students with low or atypical profiles clearer for the teacher, by providing them
with general information of cognitive needs of these students
process of identification for giftedness more comprehensive and equitable,
which would reflect best practices and align with the processes of other GTA
boards as our current process for identification of giftedness
is outdated, inequitable and does not effectively identify all the students in
the Board who could benefit from differentiated programming
The Process for Gifted
Identification will now change to the following:
screening of students through a group test using the Canadian Cognitive
Abilities Test (CCAT 7).
test will be used to assist teachers in developing a classroom profile of
student functioning to support teachers as they program plan for students.
test consists of three parts (Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery and
Nonverbal Battery) which are each assessed over a 30 minute period for a total of
90 minutes of testing time.
test will be administered during the week of Monday, September 26 to Friday,
September 30, 2016. School principals will be required to return the testing
slips in prepaid courier postage no later than Friday, October 7, 2016.
permission, given through signed consent forms for your child to participate in
the screening test, is required. This permission form will be sent home with
the September package that schools provide to parents/guardians each year.
of a Gifted Rating Scale (GRS) – a teacher measure of academic performance,
creativity, and motivation – will be completed for students who meet the
criteria on the screening test. The GRS has excellent reliability and validity
and is supported by a great deal of cross-cultural research. This will enable
staff to capture a broader range of characteristics than can be realized by IQ
GRS will be administered in late October to early November.
November, students who have met the criteria on both the screening tool and the
GRS, will be brought to the School Support Team to be considered for either
enhancement through an IEP, or a referral for individual intellectual testing.
Thank you for your support in our next steps. Our
Special Education staff team looks forward to providing continued support to
If you have any further questions, please contact the school at 416-393-9305.
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