South Vermillion Community School

High Ability Policy

High Ability Criteria & Policy 2018-2019
Definition of High Ability: A student who performs at or shows the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment.
Academic Identification Criteria:
Student must receive a score in the 90th percentile (or higher) on the NWEA in order to be identified as high ability.
Students in grades kindergarten, second, and fifth will be given the CoGat assessment.
In order for a parent to appeal, there must be a written request with justification. The committee will have 30 days to review parent request. Committee will review student’s previous ISTEP/ILEARN results and current classroom teacher recommendations.
Identification of Giftedness in other Areas:
Using research based strategies, observation checklists were designed by district teachers in their fields of expertise. Checklists can be used by classroom teachers who may be observing signs of giftedness in areas other than academics. Observation checklists have been designed in the areas of: Arts & Music, Science & Technology, and Leadership.
Appropriate Services Determined:
School counselor will work with High Ability students to complete an Individualized Education Plan. Plans will be reviewed by committee.
Possible service options will be based upon student need.
Acceleration options would include:
Early entrance
Multi age grouping (example: 3rd/4th grade split class)
Grade skipping
Subject skipping
Dual enrollment
Early matriculation
Credit by examination
Self-paced
Distance learning
Enrichment options would include:
Pull-out services
Mentorships
Independent study
Electives
Extensions
Individual variation of classroom assignments
Exit Procedures:
If a student’s grades in core classes drop significantly, or the student fails the state standardized assessment…
A conference with all parties will be held to establish interventions.
A timeline for implementation will be set.
At the end of the timeline, conference with all parties to determine next appropriate course of action.
If a dismissal is determined, student’s schedule will be adjusted at the end of the next upcoming grading period.

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