Identification Criteria:

Hillsborough Township Public Schools follows the New Jersey Department of Education guidelines to consider “multiple measures, including but not limited to, achievement test scores, grades, student performance or products, intelligence testing, parent, student and/or teacher recommendation, and other appropriate measures” to determine whether a student needs to be placed in a special education program in order to achieve in accordance with his or her capabilities.

The identification criteria relate to the programming offered. In elementary grades, students take an ability assessment, an achievement assessment, a creativity assessment. In middle school grades, students take a verbal ability assessment as well as an achievement test in reading and writing.  In grade 2, students qualify for the testing through scores on the universal screening assessment (the CogAT). In grades 3-8, teachers nominate students for screening.

Timeline for Identification:

New-to-district students are screened in the fall, with teachers submitting nominations after the first month of school. Students are typically tested in the spring for inclusion in the program during the following school year.  If parents would like to discuss REACH screening with their child's teacher, we encourage them to do so as soon as possible and no later than March 1 each year. It is our goal that students are continually challenged through daily classroom instruction.

Please direct any questions about screening to the building REACH teacher at the elementary level and the supervisor, Cindy Assini, at the middle school level.
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