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AIM Program Forms and Information
Elementary AIM Placement Process (Updated 8/26/16)
Junior High AIM Placement Process (Updated 8/6/15)
The Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test, 8th edition (OLSAT-8), is administered in the classroom by all 3rd grade teachers in the Davis Joint Unified School District.
Please allow your child to test without stress about how “important” the information is and how it will be used. Proctors will explain, “The test gives adults information about how students think and learn and why they find some things easy and some more difficult.” Children usually enjoy the testing activities because they are more like puzzles.
The OLSAT measures a child’s verbal and nonverbal abstract reasoning and provides information about a child’s particular strengths and relative weaknesses.The use of OLSAT information is to screen third grader's for the District's Alternative Instructional Model (AIM) Program (previously known as GATE) and to give educators more information about a student's learning.
The test is sent to the publishers for scoring and results are received and mailed home in January.
Parents receive a print out of the child’s performance and supplementary District information.
Information from this test will not be maintained in any form in your child’s records unless written permission is provided. In June, any data for which parents have not provided written permission are shredded.
Recently, all DJUSD 3rd grade teachers administered the OLSAT-8 Universal Testing used to screen students for the Alternative Instructional Model (AIM) identification. The OLSAT-8 is one of multiple measures we use for the AIM identification process. The OLSAT-8 version DJUSD administered was designed to have students answer test questions in a test booklet. However, the AIM office mistakenly delivered test booklets and Scantron answer sheets to school sites, including inaccurate directions to use the Scantron. All third grade parents have been notified whether their students' testing environment was impacted. Copies of those letters and the follow up letter for next steps are provided below:
- English Valid.pdf Not Valid .pdf
- Spanish Valid-Spanish.pdf Not Valid-Spanish.pdf
- Next Steps CogAT.pdf La CogAT.pdf
Next steps regarding our Universal Testing and re-screening will be posted shortly.
Request to Opt Out of Participating in Third Grade Universal Testing
Aim Assessment Team Identification Process Narrative
On October 7, 2016, DJUSD was notified that the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) dismissed the complaint alleging discrimination in the AIM-identification process. Specifically OCR determined allegations were “prospective in nature” and information presented contained “no information showing harm has occurred or is occurring”. DJUSD welcomes the OCR findings dismissing the charges and is committed to continue to work to refine the process on how students are identified for the DJUSD gifted program. An update for the board of education is expected later this year.
In mid June 2016. DJUSD has received a request for information from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education regarding our AIM program. We have fully complied with this request for information from OCR. We routinely comply with such requests for information from regulators. We certainly comply with the law, and we are committed to offering equitable access to our programs.Over the last 15 months, we have taken a close look at how students are identified for the gifted program, and we have made specific revisions to these processes and procedures. We have been and will remain transparent in doing this. Our assessment of these programs continues, and we plan to present further refinements to the board later in 2016. We look forward to receiving any Department of Education comments on our programs.
As of June 4, 2015, DJUSD will no longer accept private testing as a means to identify a student for the AIM program. Families who started the private testing process prior to June 4, 2015, who qualify for AIM may still be placed in existing vacancies for the 2015-16 school year based on space available. Students new to the district (grades 4-10) should contact the AIM office to arrange for assessment.
Superintendent's AIM Advisory Committee
2015-16 AIM Advisory Committee Dates
Date: September 28, 2015 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (Agenda and Resources)
Date: October 26, 2015 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (Agenda and Resources)
Date: November 30, 2015 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (Agenda and Resources)
Date: January 25, 2016 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room
Date: February 29, 2016 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (rescheduled to March 10, 2016) (Agenda and Resources)
Date: March 28, 2016 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (Canecelled)
Date: April 25, 2016 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (Agenda and Resources)
Date: May 23, 2016 - Time: 4:00-5:30 - Location: East Conference Room (Agenda and Resources)
AIM Advisory Past Meeting Agendas and Information
Relevant AIM/GATE Research
Peters, S. and Gentry, M. (2012). Group Specific Norms and Teacher-Rating Scales: Implications for Underrepresentation. Journal of Advanced Academics 23(2) Pgs. 125-144. Sage Publishing.
Callahan, C. (2005). Identifying Gifted Students From Underrepresented Populations, Theory Into Practice, 44:2, 98-104
Greathouse, D., Shaughnessy, M., Gentry, M., Peters, S. (2015). A reflective interview with Marcia Gentry and Scott Peters: The Hope Scale. Gifted Education International, 31(1), 34-40.
Rogers, K. B., (2007). Lessons Learned About Educating the Gifted and Talented; A Synthesis of Research on Educational Practice. Gifted Child Quarterly 51,382-396. Sage Publishing
Frank C. Worrell & Jesse O. Erwin (2011) Best Practices in Identifying Students for Gifted and Talented Education Programs, Journal of Applied School Psychology, 27:4, 319-340,
UC Davis Researchers AIM Program Study Report - Presented to the DJUSD BOE on June 4, 2015
Frequently Asked Questions: How Does the AIM Program Affect Student Outcomes in the Davis Joint Unified School District? Carrell, Kurlaender, Page, & Kramer, University of California, Davis
Rena F. Subotnik , Paula Olszewski-Kubilius , and Frank C. Worrell. Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science., Psychological Science in the Public Interest 12(1) pg. 3–54
DJUSD AIM Identification Evaluation Report (2005) completed as part of the Javits Grant
Relevant Web Resources
Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development - University of Connecticut
Gifted Education Resource Institute - Purdue College of Education