Appeal Process and Forms
Appeal Information: Grades 2-5 (For PACE Placement in Grades 3, 4, 5, or 6)
When is the appeal process appropriate?
In second grade, students are identified for the PACE program according to criteria set by the district Identification Committee.
Initial placement in the District 200 PACE Program was determined by a committee who established criteria for placement and compared each student’s records to these criteria. These decisions were made carefully after considering student performance on tests and accompanying information regarding classroom performance. There are times when parents or teachers feel that the test results or recommendations do not reflect the capability of the student. If the building gifted specialist, school personnel, and/or parents feel the need for further placement evaluation, they may refer the student to the appeal committee.
What is the role of the PACE appeal committee?
The PACE appeal committee is another team of professionals who will take an in-depth look at a student, examine data, and make a recommendation from a list of choices. The committee will review the information provided by parents and teachers along with the information collected for the initial placement decision.
When does this committee meet?
The appeals committee meets two times per school year.
What are the possible appeal committee recommendations?
1. Placement is accurate, no evidence to indicate incorrect placement.
2. Reason to believe that further testing is necessary. This option means that the student will be invited to test for the following school year.
3. On the basis of accompanying documentation and new information gleaned during the appeal process, the student will be placed in the PACE program in the appropriate subject area.
What are the standards for decisions?The goal of this committee is to be child-centered without changing the integrity of the identification process. Students will not be placed in the PACE program unless the committee consensus is clear that the child needs accelerated curriculum experiences in the areas of reading or math.Teachers and/or parents may appeal a placement decision. If both the teacher and parent are appealing, both should complete an appeal form. All forms are due to the PACE Office at the School Service Center by the date specified on the placement decision letter from the PACE office. The committee will meet to review each student’s appeals file. Parents will be informed of the results by U.S. mail.
Appeal Information: Grades 6-7 (For Fast-Paced Math or Fast-Paced Language Arts Placement in Grades 7 or 8)
Initial identification for gifted programs includes a process of referral and second level testing followed by placement using a set of consistent criteria. At times, parents or teachers feel the test results or recommendations do not reflect the capability of the student.
Therefore, an appeals process is available to parents and/or staff who wish to pursue the placement of a student after the identification process is complete. The enclosed information explains the process.
All requested middle school appeal forms and accompanying information or evidence that support placement, are to be sent directly to the Gifted Office. All forms are due to the PACE Office at the School Service Center by the date specified on the placement decision letter from the PACE office. The committee will meet to review each student’s appeals file. Parents will be informed of the results by U.S. mail.
Forms may be submitted to the PACE office via email to PACE@cusd200.org