The Enrichment Program for Accelerated Students at Stoddert
EPASS’s Goal & Mission:
The Enrichment Program for Accelerated Students at Stoddert, otherwise known as EPASS, is a pull-out program for identified high-ability 3rd-5th grade students where the subjects of mathematics and reading are primarily focused. The grade-level class meets twice a week per subject area for approximately one hour in an intimate small-group setting. The objective is to challenge those students who are already excelling in these subjects by providing acceleration, an interdisciplinary experience, blended learning, and interest-based independent/group activities in a safe and positive environment.
Research-based resources, such as the William & Mary’s Literature Units, Thompson’s Caesar’s English, and UConn’s Project M3 will be utilized to enhance the student’s understanding with added complexity, emphasizing critical thinking and analytical skills.
Students in EPASS should expect one to three hours of studying andassignments, in addition to the regular homeroom’s requirements.
|Reading & Writing|
|1||Graphic Organizers, Note-Taking, Outlines, Grammar, Word Analysis, Journal, Personal Narratives, Realistic Fiction, Traits of Ideas|
|2||Informational Essays, Non-Fiction, Biography, Document Based Writing , Traits of Organization & Conventions|
|3||Non-Fiction Research, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Independent Reading, Traits of Word Choice|
|4||Poetry, Mysteries, Creative Writing, Personal Letters, Traits of Voice & Sentence Fluency|
|1||Place Value & Numeration, Integers, Numerical Notations, Absolute Value, Order of Operations, Interpretation of Data|
|2||Big Numbers, Estimation, Computation, Multiplication & Division, Fractions, Percentages, Variables, Algebraic Expressions, Inequalities|
|3||Decimals, Fractions, Probability, Rates, Problem-Solving, Rational Numbers, Roots, Powers|
|4||Geometry, Linear Measurement, Equations, Factoring, Transformations, Trigonometry|
EPASS’s Referral Process:
Step 1: Analysis of student data and test performance
Step 2: Teacher referrals
Step 3: Evaluation by the EPASS Committee (made up of the administration and the SST)
Step 4: Selected candidates’ parents receive EPASS and testing information
Step 5: Authorized candidates are put on the testing queue
Step 6: Student portfolio submissions by specified deadline
Step 7: Receipt of testing results and the final decision letter
In March, current 2nd through 4th grade students are referred through a highly-selective process, based on qualifying standardized test scores (>95th percentile on the PARCC Unit tests, iReady, and multiple level jumps in the TRC scores compared to the norm of their class), high recommendations from their respective homeroom teachers, and Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students to eliminate bias and create a large candidate pool. Parents/guardians are then notified whether they would like to have their child take the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI), an intelligence test that is administered by Stoddert’s on-site licensed psychologist. The program is looking for a score of >125 (‘Superior’) and above in Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, and on the FSIQ-4, but the score has the possibility to increase or decrease dependent on the norm of the group. An ‘Opt-Out of Testing’ form will be sent home in which parents can make a decision. On-site testing continues until June, while a student’s total portfolio (parent’s checklist, teacher’s confidential checklist, other recommendation letters, awards/certificates received, report cards, work samples, etc.) is collected and submitted by the parent/guardian by the end of May deadline. The WASI results and the portfolio will then be evaluated and reviewed; parents/guardians will then be sent home a copy of the WASI as well as a notification of the final decision before summer break.
EPASS participants will receive a quarterly progress report that will be separate from the official transcript. The students will continue to be assessed/observed throughout the school year, and if a student has difficulty with the material, the workload, and/or have low/no task commitment, he/she will be placed on probation for one month. Minimal improvement and/or lack of performance will result in being officially dismissed from the program. As such, being a participant in the program one year does not guarantee placement in the program the following school year.
Updates, assignments, and information on any special events can be found on the EPASS website at: www.epass.shutterfly.com
EPASS’s Repeal Process:
If your child is a new student at Stoddert, has not been selected as a candidate, or has not been accepted into the program, you may submit a formal request to the RTI (Response to Intervention Committee) for an evaluation/re-evaluation to determine eligibility and other options for appropriate accommodations & services. Placement will be either for the 2nd semester of the current school year or the 1st semester of the new upcoming school year. The process and the decisions are final and non-negotiable.
If you have any further questions in regards to EPASS, please contact Mrs. Hannah Hong.