Students will be considered for identification by demonstrating “high levels of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment” on any one of the instruments used by the school corporation and identified in the following flow charts. Students considered for high ability services will be selected by a committee.
Formal identification will take place in the spring of each year for students in grades K, 2, 5 and 8. This provides students eligibility for services during a multi-year span, and allows reconsideration on a regular basis. For example, a student identified at the end of grade 2 for high ability services will be eligible for those services in grades 3-5. At the end of grade 5, that student will be reviewed again to determine if services will continue in the middle school. Off year identification may take place for students moving in to the school corporation or by teacher recommendation. This may require the additional administration of local assessments.
Initial screening of students will be made with a series of qualitative measures, as well as an ability measure. If they meet the established criteria in any of the screening tools, they will be further examined with an identification tool. The norm-reference measure of achievement will be used as the identification tool.
Subgroup norms will be used to find high ability students in identified subgroups, such as socio-economic. This will be done by insuring that representation for high ability services for subgroups is proportionate to that of the given population of the school corporation. For example, if 105 of the students in grade 5 are identified for high ability services, 10% of students in the low socio-economic subgroup will be identified for high ability services.
Additional identification of students will take place throughout the school year:
· Underachievers – Students who show potential for possessing high ability, yet do not perform well on the traditional assessment, will be assessed using the AIM survey.
· Acceleration – Students identified by teachers for possible acceleration in a subject in grades K-8 may be give the Iowa Acceleration Scale.
· Algebra – Middle school students showing high aptitude and a readiness for algebra in the middle school will be given the Algebra Prognosis test for placement in middle school Algebra classes.
· Fine and Practical Arts – Fine (art, music, theater) and practical (industrial technology, business, ag-science, family and consumer science, leadership) arts teachers will identify students who demonstrate talent in these specific areas. They will provide opportunities for identified students to explore and enhance their talents in these areas.
Parent Nominations – Parents may nominate their child for high ability services. By the beginning of March each year, information will be made available to all parents to nominate their child for high ability services. Information will be disseminated through the corporation and school level newsletters. The nomination form will be available through the individual school’s offices. Personnel will be available to discuss and accept these nomination forms with parents prior to Spring Break.