The Halton District School Board is committed to the principle that learning is a developmental process and students proceed through the stages of development at varying rates. The HDSB is also committed to the principle that early recognition of learning needs and early intervention is the most effective way to ensure the student remains confident about his/her abilities as a learner and engaged in learning in years to come. Many professionals in the Halton District School Board provide support to students with special needs.
Special Education Plan
The Student Services department in consultation with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) prepares an annual
Special Education Plan (If you require assistance with this PDF document, please contact Lorna Goodrow at firstname.lastname@example.org). This plan is reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the Ministry of Education.
A Guide for Parents, called
Working Together is available to parents, guardians and students about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process in Halton. The document sets out the procedures involved in “identifying" a student as exceptional. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlines information relating to the IEP when initiating discussions with parents about a student having an IEP or upon parental request.
Grade 4 Abilities Screening
The Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test 7 (CCAT7) will be administered to grade 4 students in the Halton District School Board. The CCAT7 is an abilities screening tool that will provide reliable and valid information to help teachers further develop class profiles and program for students. This assessment will also assist in the gifted screening process.
Grade 4 teachers will be providing an opportunity for students to try a sample practice test prior to writing the actual test. This way, they can be familiarized with the testing format and the type of answer sheet used. The test is multiple choice with a computer answer sheet (bubbles to fill in). This is all that is necessary to prepare for this assessment, no extra studying or preparation is required.
The test is divided up into 3 sections: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.
Each section will take about 45 mins to administer and will be completed on 3 separate days.
Grade 4 Gifted Screening Timeline 2021-22