Special Programs and Services
Program for Academically Talented Students - PATS (Wilson only)
All kindergarten students in Moline School District No. 40 serving the communities of Moline and Coal Valley, Illinois are screened for gifted education. Those students with targeted scores of ninety percent (90%) or higher on our standardized tests (subscores and/or composite using national percentile rankings) are placed into a “weighted” matrix to determine overall academic talent.
Also included in the matrix are scores from both parent and teacher rating forms. The rating forms address learning characteristics, creativity, and motivational characteristics.
Enrollment into the P.A.T.S. classes is targeted for the top five percent (5%) of the student enrollment as recommended by the State of Illinois Gifted Education Program Grant. Questions regarding student eligibility into the P.A.T.S. program should be directed to your building principal or the P.A.T.S. coordinator.
A systematic screening, beyond kindergarten, is also conducted in conjunction with the district’s standardized testing schedule.
Those scoring at the 95%ile on a standardized test (using national percentile rankings) are asked to submit a teacher and parent rating form. The weighted matrix is applied uniformly to all applicants including transfer and re-enter students. Opportunity to participate in P.A.T.S. classes is based upon weighted matrix ranking and availability within the class.
Entry into the P.A.T.S. program at the middle school level is determined by most recent standardized test scores, classroom performance, and teacher and parent ratings. Student scores are placed in a weighted matrix. Opportunity to participate in P.A.T.S. classes is based upon weighted matrix ranking, professional judgement of the selection committee and availability based upon class size.
Admission into high school honors/ accelerated classed is based upon review of standardized tests scores, teacher recommendation and academic record by counselor and/or department chairperson. Priority placement is given to students scoring at the 95th percentile.