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REACH ID & Appeal

New-To-District REACH ID

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Early Entry to K/1

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Double Promotion (Grade Acceleration)

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Identification Overview

The majority of District 205 students are best served in the general classroom. Students who demonstrate an extraordinary aptitude for learning, or a degree of readiness to learn at particularly high levels, are identified for REACH. The criterion used to evaluate aptitude of students include, but are not limited to, multiple standardized instruments. This is in an effort to identify students who perform at a high level and those who demonstrate a potential for high performance in academic settings, whether enrichment in the area of ELA and/or acceleration in Mathematics.

The following academic data are analyzed:

  • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): MAP is a nationally-normed criterion-referenced achievement test.
  • Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT): CogAT is a standardized assessment measuring learned reasoning and problem-solving ability.
  • Teacher Observations: teachers provide feedback regarding students' progression along grade-level standards.

Identification reflects local percentiles, or in other words, the child in comparison to his/her Elmhurst District 205 grade-level peers. Notifications are sent to students who qualify for programming.


Students New to District 205

Students who are new to Elmhurst District 205 are placed in courses based on available assessment and performance data. Previous gifted identification and/or placement in another school system does not guarantee placement into District 205 REACH. New students should provide the district with any standardized assessment results from a previous district, which may include, but are not limited to NWEA MAP, OLSAT, CogAT, IOWA, etc. In the event that standardized assessment data is not available, screening assessments are administered by District 205.


Students mature and grow at different rates, and a change in placement may be warranted later in a student's academic career. However, earning a high grade in a particular course or wanting more challenge does not necessitate REACH placement; in most cases, a high grade is indicative of appropriate placement and strong success in the current course.

Students who are identified for REACH consistently demonstrate above grade-level performance. For students demonstrating a need for academic extension or acceleration that is beyond the regular classroom, parents, teachers, or administrators may submit an Application for REACH Appeal. Appeals are considered and reviewed each Spring for identification and placement beginning in the next school year.

The following academic data are analyzed by a committee comprised of teachers and administrators:

  • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT)
  • Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) reading level
  • District 205 Common grade-level assessments
  • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test
  • Student work (e.g. writing sample or problem set)

Applications for Appeal may be submitted by a parent, teacher, or administrator once per school year. Applications for Appeal are available following the release of REACH notifications each year. Appeal decisions are final for the subsequent school year.

Grade 2 REACH ID Rubrics

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Grade 5 REACH ID Rubrics

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Application for Appeal

Rubric values are subject to change based on norming of standardized data and in response to the performance of students in the district (i.e., local norms).

Application for Appeal will be posted on January 15.