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Identification

Students are identified for participation in the Linn-Mar TAG/LEO program based on their high potential in the areas of academic achievement and ability. Students are formally screened in grades 3 through 8. The records of students new to the district will be evaluated as needed.

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Classroom teachers and the LEO teacher complete an observation inventory which focuses on thinking skills. These inventory responses are cumulative for each student from all three grades.

3rd Grade – 6th Grade

Students are identified for LEO program options based on results of the FAST Reading and Math assessments, Iowa State wide Assessments of Student Progress (ISASP), NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP), and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt,) as available by grade level.

7th Grade – 8th Grade

Students are screened each year for TAG placement based on Cognitive Abilities Tests (CogAT,) Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP,) and Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) test information.

9th Grade – 12th Grade

All 8th grade students will be screened for the High School TAG program based on NWEA MAP and ISASP test information.