High Ability Program

High Ability Handbook

Definition - High ability student means a student who:

  1. Performs at or shows the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared with other students of same age, experience, or environment; and
  2. Is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests.

Identification Plan

Kindergarten

  1. All students are administered the COGAT High Ability Screener.
  2. mCLASS Reading and Math Scores are compiled.
  3. Any student in the top 25% of the COGAT, mCLASS Reading, or mCLASS Math are placed in the selection pool.
  4. Classroom teachers complete a locally developed rating scale of high ability characteristics for each student in the pool.
  5. Kindergarten teachers and high ability coordinator meet to make final identification based on all of the measures.

Fourth_Grade

  1. The Math and Language Arts teacher(s) determine whether these students should be considered for inclusion in the high ability program.
  2. The students identified in step 2 are administered the COGAT High Ability Screener.
  3. Teachers, principals, and high ability coordinator consider all data and make determination as to whether any of these students should be placed in the program.

Seventh_Grade

  1. A list is compiled of students currently not in the program to re-evaluate for consideration for the program. This list is comprised of students that received a Pass + rating in either Reading or Math on the fifth grade ISTEP or who received an A for a semester grade in the second semester of sixth grade and the first semester of seventh grade in either Reading or Math.
  2. The Math and Language Arts teacher(s) determine whether these students should be considered for inclusion in the high ability program.
  3. The students identified in step 2 are administered the COGAT High Ability Screener.
  4. Teachers, principals, and high ability coordinator consider all data and make determination as to whether any of these students should be placed in the program.

Use of the appeals and withdrawal procedures at all grade levels is critical to having the correct students identified. Actual observation of performance and insight from the teacher into the potential of the students to be successful with high ability curriculum may be the best indicator for placement or withdrawal from the program.