What is the AMPLIFY Program?
The AMPLIFY Program is a talent development program. Students who are identified to participate in AMPLIFY and whose parents sign consent will participate in gifted resource classes alongside gifted students in order to support their enrichment and foster their higher order thinking skills, creativity, motivation, and achievement.
Why is there a need for an AMPLIFY Program?
Because some student subgroups have historically been underrepresented in gifted services nationwide, statewide, and in the City Schools of Decatur, our school system has developed the AMPLIFY program as part of our district commitment to amplifying equity and creating opportunities to amplify the strengths of the students in the program.
What grades have the AMPLIFY Program?
The AMPLIFY Program currently exists throughout first through eighth grades. Students identified for the AMPLIFY Program in elementary years must continue to meet AMPLIFY criteria as of the end of 5th grade in order to continue in the program in middle school.
How are students identified?
City Schools of Decatur looks at student data every fall to identify students who meet AMPLIFY eligibility criteria. Any student meeting the AMPLIFY criteria is identified, and parents are contacted for consent to place the student in the AMPLIFY Program. Additionally, teachers and parents can recommend a student to be reviewed for AMPLIFY through the Gifted Review process every fall.
Eligibility for AMPLIFY is based on BOTH of the following:
- Identification as a member of a group currently underrepresented in gifted education
2. A documented component mental ability score at or above the 96th percentile,
OR a documented CogAT score in the top 10% of scores obtained by students from underrepresented groups in the City Schools of Decatur after universal grade-wide CogAT administration in 1st, 3rd, and 6th grades,
OR three consecutive MAP scores at or above the 90th percentile in reading or math in combination with a teacher’s ratings indicating high capability in multiple areas (defined as scores at or above the 90th percentile in 4 of the 6 domains rated on the Gifted Rating Scales).
When does CSD begin to identify students for AMPLIFY?
City Schools of Decatur begins identifying students for AMPLIFY in the first grade. Students in first through eighth grades are reviewed for the program each year.