In our efforts to be responsive to the needs of all learners, WPS utilizes a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Framework. All students have access to and receive quality core instruction.
Based on classroom assessments and teacher observations, many students will demonstrate the ability to be high achieving learners who meet or exceed grade level benchmarks. These students will receive differentiated learning experiences from their classroom teachers within the core instruction as well as extended learning opportunities during the “What I Need” (WIN) reading and/or math blocks each day.
For the students who demonstrate abilities significantly above the norm for their age, WPS offers the S.T.R.E.T.C.H program for grades 3-5. S.T.R.E.T.C.H stands for Science & Math, Technology, Real-World Experience, Engineering, Teamwork, Creativity, and Hands-on. Students are able to self-select sessions according to their interests and talents. The sessions are taught by our teacher of Gifted and Talented students. In order to participate in the S.T.R.E.T.C.H program, WPS uses a multi-faceted approach for identification. Each spring, all second graders are screened using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to determine potential eligibility for third grade programming. Students who are newly enrolled in grade 3-5 at WPS or who are referred by a teacher or parent may also take the CogAT screener. Students who score in the the top percentiles on the screener will complete the CogAT post-screener. The results from the post-screener as well as achievement test results and qualitative data will be used to select eligible students to participate in the S.T.R.E.T.C.H program.