AIM (GATE) Identification Process: 

Step 1: All 3rd grade students are screened universally using the OLSAT (Otis Lennon School Ability Test) in the Fall.
OLSAT scores of all 3rd graders will be reviewed and those scoring 98th percentile or higher are AIM-identified.
Step 2: AIM Assessment Team reviews all remaining students for re-screening. The following groups of students are identified for re-testing
  1. Students in the Standard Error of Measure (SOEM)
  2. Students with “Equity Factors” (English Learners, Low SES, Parent education level below college degree, students with disabilities)
Step 3: By February 1, families will be notified by the Instructional Services Department if their child’s OLSAT-8 score is in the 98th percentile or above, OR if their child will be invited for re-screening

Should you not hear from the AIM office by February 1 and would like a copy of your child’s OLSAT-8 results, please contact the AIM office at [email protected].

Step 4: Identified students are re-screened using appropriate assessment tools (CogAT, Naglieri, TONI, or Slosson
  1. Students scoring in the 98th percentile or higher are AIM-identified
Step 5: Once identified, parents are informed and given an option to opt-in to an AIM classroom at Willett or Pioneer Elementary Schools, or to remain at their current school.
  1. Information will be mailed home to families with placement options..
  2. Students who remain in "neighborhood" classrooms instead of self-contained classrooms are served through differentiation practices by classroom teacher, teacher collaboration with DJUSD Differentiation Specialist, and/or flexible grouping among grade levels for core academic subjects.