Delay in Advanced Learner Identification
Thursday, October 22, 2020 5:30 AM

In a typical school year, MPS identification of Advanced Learners occurs through the universal screening of all 2nd graders and a referral process for grades 3-4. Unfortunately, because some portions of the assessments must occur in-person, and students are currently in distance learning, all Advanced Learner identification will be delayed until the 2021-2022 school year. In the Fall of 2021, all 2nd and 3rd grade students, along with referred 3rd and 4th grade students, will be assessed. After careful consideration this decision was made by MPS with permission from the Minnesota Department of Education. Many districts have made the same decision for the 2020-21 school year. 
Advanced Learning materials and services continue to be available during distance learning. Students do not have to be identified to access these resources and materials. If your student needs additional academic differentiation, please contact your child’s teacher. For more information, please visit Talent Development Advanced Academic website.
When will students be tested for Advanced Learner Identification?
  • All 2nd and 3rd grade students will be tested through the universal screening process in the fall of the 2021 school year. Caregivers of students in grades 4-5 who wish to be tested for identification may refer students in Fall 2021. Requests can be made to the principal or site lead at your child’s school.  
What does this mean for students who might have qualified for Advanced Learning instruction in this year?
  • Teachers will continue to teach students according to their academic needs, including Advanced Learning instruction for those who require it. The advanced learning materials and other materials are available for students who show a need, regardless of if they’ve been formally identified as requiring Advanced Learning instruction. Please speak to your student’s teacher if you have questions about whether this is happening.
What does this mean for accelerating a student?
  • These will also be on hold for the 2020-21 school year or until students can resume school face-to-face due to the need for in-person assessments. Supports will be provided to students and staff to ensure every student is receiving appropriately challenging instruction. Accelerations can be requested starting in October 2021