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    #97105 - 03/17/11 06:56 AM DYS Portfolio
    Catalana Offline

    Registered: 12/10/09
    Posts: 393
    Probably my own perfectionism getting in the way, but I am starting to stress about my DS9's DYS portfolio. Short story, he is one point below the cut on IQ, but his Achievement scores on Explore are way way over. So, I need to do a portfolio.

    But what to use? He has some dysgraphia and dislikes writing, and since he goes to public school full time, I don't make him do outside projects (I want him outside playing in the mud and riding his bike), he does some on his own, but they don't involve writing. Can anyone share what they used? I just realized that part of the problem is that I don't really know just what 3 years above grade level looks like.

    Edited by Catalana (03/17/11 11:03 AM)
    Edit Reason: I'm not really as neurotic as my original post :)

    #97154 - 03/17/11 07:59 PM Re: DYS Portfolio [Re: Catalana]
    onthegomom Offline

    Registered: 07/28/09
    Posts: 1743 This link maybe helpful.

    There have been other dicussions here on this. Maybe someone here will give advice on searching.

    Here's some ideas.

    You can send a DVD of something he is above level in. Does he talk about something in Science? Or makeup great stories?
    Can he do some Math verbally?

    I printed out AR lists that show above level reading with test scores. This also showed reading volumn.

    Chess at an early age can be significant.

    I would suggest academic examples more that Legos, Music or Artistic to qualify. But if something seems important to DC/you just include it. Extra is ok.

    Has he won any awards? What did he do to earn it.

    I think if you explain is talent, you will get more specific to you ideas.

    If you have anything from PreSchool or K that was abouve level, I think that is good to show.

    Best of Luck!

    Edited by onthegomom (03/17/11 08:12 PM)

    #97163 - 03/18/11 03:34 AM Re: DYS Portfolio [Re: Catalana]
    Catalana Offline

    Registered: 12/10/09
    Posts: 393
    Thanks, both of your perspectives very much help and gave me some ideas. I have called DYS also and hope to hear from them. If his IQ score will keep him from qualifying no matter what, I don't want to bother with the application - it isn't that long, but time is in rather short supply in our house right now. One friend suggested just not sending the IQ score, since it doesn't qualify, but I don't feel right about that.

    I suspect if I just start digging in the piles and piles of school and home paper in the attic, I will find some things that will work well (although it will remind me of how much organizing I have to do wink )

    #97165 - 03/18/11 04:47 AM Re: DYS Portfolio [Re: Catalana]
    JBDad Offline

    Registered: 04/15/08
    Posts: 639
    Loc: Phila 'burbs
    The application states that any testing that was done needs to be submitted so you should submit that IQ report. Don't get overly concerned about missing by a point. There are people that have made it without the IQ but by achievement scores and portfolio.

    Do you have a home movie that you can include? Pictures and worksheets or projects are nice but a short clip (less than a couple of minutes) or two say put on thumb drive can be helpful. For example we don't push our kids to perform or anything but it's natural that every now and then they do something amazing when I have a camera ready. (It helps that I have an iPhone so it's real easy to capture something on video.)

    Good luck.


    #97170 - 03/18/11 05:17 AM Re: DYS Portfolio [Re: JBDad]
    Grinity Offline

    Registered: 12/13/05
    Posts: 7207
    Loc: Connecticut
    Originally Posted By: JBDad
    The application states that any testing that was done needs to be submitted so you should submit that IQ report. Don't get overly concerned about missing by a point.

    Yup! Go with what you have - they will ask for 'more' if they need it. Send what you have and get it over with.

    If you think you are being to perfectionistic, then you probably are! wink!

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