SALTA Testing for the 2017-2018 School Year
Test Applications for the 2017-18 school year will be available online October 1, 2016. The deadline to submit a SALTA Testing Request Form is 11:59 PM, October 31, 2016. NO late applications will be accepted under any circumstance.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When will the results of SALTA testing be available?
- All parents/guardians of students who were tested for the Canyons School District SALTA Magnet Program will receive a letter in the mail early January 2017, which will include assessment results.
This letter will also include a statement indicating whether or not your child met criteria for the SALTA Magnet Program. Students who meet criteria will be recommended for full-time services in a SALTA magnet classroom. Parents/guardians who decline placement in a SALTA magnet classroom for any reason, are encouraged to share the results of SALTA testing with the principal, school guidance counselor, or teacher at their neighborhood school. This information will help shape future instruction to meet the unique needs of your student.
- Will I be able to discuss test results with someone at the district-level?
Yes, you will be provided an opportunity to discuss test results with someone at the district level. Information about when and how this will take place will be provided in the letter you receive in early January 2017 regarding your student's assessment results.
Advanced Learner Services in the Canyons School District
SALTA, advanced learner services in the Canyons School District, stands for Supporting Advanced Learners Toward Achievement.
To support teachers and administrators with rigorous curriculum, instruction, and assessment focusing on depth, complexity, higher-order thinking skills, and creativity to meet the needs of academically gifted and advanced learners by providing a continuum of extended learning activities, enrichment opportunities, and appropriately challenging curriculum.
Program Philosophy and Beliefs
Canyons School District administration and teachers believe that academically gifted and advanced students have unique cognitive, academic, creative, and social needs. Students have a right to varied programming which is appropriate to their cognitive and academic abilities, thus optimizing learning opportunities. Programming must strive to offer a challenging learning environment that focuses on high achievement and is responsive to individual student needs. Canyons School District supports the use of research and evidence-based learning strategies, which provide a strong correlation between delivery of instruction and student learning outcomes. With these values at the forefront, Canyons School District continues to develop a continuum of SALTA services ranging from district-wide programs, school-specific services, and magnet schools.
Goal 1: Meet the needs of academically gifted and advanced students.
Goal 2: Offer advanced learning opportunities at every school and grade-level, including Honors Courses.
Goal 3: Provide opportunities for students to focus on application of materials being learned, depth and complexity of those materials, and provide students with extended learning opportunities using the grade level Common Core State Standards as the foundation.
Goal 4: Ensure that ALL students succeed in higher-level courses in order to be college and career ready.
SALTA Magnet Services
SALTA (Supporting Advanced Learners Toward Achievement) Magnet Services are designed to serve students in grades 1-8 who demonstrate high academic and cognitive ability when compared with others of their age, experience, and/or environment. Students in a SALTA Magnet classroom require learning experiences beyond what is typically provided in the regular classroom. In the SALTA Magnet Program the pace of the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of advanced learners with an emphasis on depth and complexity, application of learning materials, and higher order thinking skills. Students must qualify for SALTA Magnet Services.
SALTA Honors Services
SALTA Honors classrooms require learning experiences beyond what is typically provided in the regular classroom. In the SALTA Honors math programs, pacing of the curriculum is adapted to include advanced supplemental material. In all SALTA Honors programs, the curriculum is supplemented to meet the needs of advanced learners with an emphasis on depth and complexity of core concepts.