ADMITTANCE TO THE PROGRAM
There are four main areas that are examined to determine eligibility in Challenge: recommendation, previous year’s report card grades, Challenge performance assessment or digital portfolio, and paper-and-pencil creativity assessment. Each area has a 0, 1, 2, or 3 point allotment on an eligibility rubric. Some areas have a maximum amount of 2 points and some have a maximum amount of 3 points.
Recommendations: In this area, a student would receive points for either being recommended by their teacher or parent.
Previous year report card grades: In this area, a student would receive points by obtaining either all A’s or A’s and B’s on the previous year’s report card.
District Benchmark Assessments: In this area, a student would receive points for scoring far above grade level on each of the district's benchmark tests (Easy CBM and IXL Math).
Challenge Performance Assessment or Digital Portfolio: In this area, a student would receive points by scoring highly on a rubric used to score their assignment submitted over the summer or on the portfolio created during Challenge last school year.
Paper-and-Pencil Challenge Assessment: This area is comprised of a paper and pencil creativity assessment, administered by the classroom teacher this fall. The test involves students looking at pictures and creating something out of them and titling their work. Challenge teachers use a rubric to assess how the students adjusted the picture, assigning points for each item. Students receive points for scoring 85 or higher out of 131 possible points.
Eligibility For the Program: A child needs to obtain a total score of 7 or higher.
It is important to note that participation in Challenge does not have any bearing on student eligibility for honors classes once they reach middle school.