Project ECG (3-5)
Project ECG (3-5)
Overview of Project ECG (Enrichment Cluster Groups)
Beginning in third grade and continuing through fifth grade, students are
identified for placement into Enrichment Cluster Groups (ECG). Each group consists of identified ECG students placed together in a general education classroom to maximize exposure to peers with similar strengths. The "cluster" of students allows them to learn together while avoiding permanent grouping arrangements. The number of identified students in the program varies from year to year and from school to school, based upon established criteria. Students placed in a cluster group are re-evaluated at the end of the school year to determine their placement for the following year.
Project ECG offers enrichment through differentiated instruction that provides concept enhancement while developing and improving complex, cognitive skills. The goal is for students to apply knowledge gained to real-world situations and
participate in activities designed to stimulate and improve critical thinking abilities.
Project ECG Identification
There are three ways a student can qualify for consideration in gifted and talented programming:
- Renaissance Learning Star Reading and Math assessments
- NJSLA Reading and Math performance data
- Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment
- CogAT - Cognitive Abilities Test
- Any teacher can recommend a student for consideration in gifted and talented programming based on classroom performance and anecdotal observations.
3. Parent or Guardian Nomination
- Parents or guardians may nominate their child by providing a written request to the classroom teacher. The letter of nomination must include the following:
○ Student Name
○ Parent/Guardian(s) Name, Address, and Telephone Number
○ School, Grade, and Homeroom Teacher
○ Information about your child’s personal qualities that you believe are associated with exceptionality
○ Learning/behavioral characteristics of your child associated with general intellectual ability
NOTE: Recommendation for screening in steps 1-3 does not provide automatic admission into any program.