Advanced Language Arts Placement - COVID Update

  •  Adjusted Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    Due to the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington Heights District 25 modified the placement process for Advanced Language Arts.  This modified process will be utilized for placement for the 2020-21 school year only.


    Advanced Language Arts Philosophy:

    In Arlington Heights District 25, students are typically placed in grade-level language arts.  Grade level language arts means students are receiving grade-level instruction aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.  Students ready for instruction taught at a faster pace, and greater depth than that of grade-level language arts are placed in Advanced Language Arts.  In Arlington Heights District 25, placement in Advanced Language Arts begins in sixth-grade.


    Advanced Language Arts Placement:

    All fifth through seventh-grade students are considered for placement into Advanced Language Arts.  The Department of Student Learning reviews the scores from the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Reading Assessment and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to determine the students who will be considered for Advanced Language Arts.



    Advanced Language Arts Placement Criteria:

    Advanced Language Arts class placement during the COVID-19 pandemic will be determined by evaluating the following criteria:

      • NWEA Reading MAP Score:  Arlington Heights District 25 administers NWEA MAP in winter and spring as a universal screener.  The following test scores will be considered for the modified process:
        • NWEA Reading MAP administered in December 2019
        • NWEA Reading MAP administered in April 2019

    For students in fifth through seventh-grade, these tests will be used to determine placement into advanced language arts.  The higher of the two test results will be considered.

      • CogAT Verbal Score:  Arlington Heights District 25 administers CogAT in the fall to all third and fifth-grade students as a universal screener.  The most recent score will be used when considering students for placement in advanced classes.  CogAT was administered to fourth through seventh-grade students who were new to the district this school year.
      • Renzulli Scale for Advanced Reading and Writing:  Teachers in Arlington Heights District 25 will complete the Renzulli Scale for students who score 96th percentile or greater on the Reading MAP or 135 or greater on the Verbal CogAT assessment.  The Renzulli Scale will be used to gather information about the characteristics of students in the classroom prior to the beginning of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Advanced Language Arts Placement Qualification:

    Students will qualify for Advanced Language Arts based on the following criteria:

      • Characteristics of the student in the classroom prior to the beginning of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Renzulli Scale)
      • And one of the following:
        • Reading MAP score of 96th percentile or greater


        • CogAT Verbal score of 135 or greater



     For any additional questions, please contact Sharon Nelles, Literacy Coordinator, at