High Ability Mission StatementHigh Ability will meet the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of high ability learners in the corporation by providing alternate educational opportunities focused on accelerated curriculum for students in grades K-12.Program Goals:1. To provide high ability learners intellectual, social, and emotional support allowing them the opportunity to meet his/her potential.2. To challenge high ability students to meet their academic potential through intensive curriculum expectations.3.To build capacity by providing high ability learners a foundation for success to prepare them for their next grade level.Background Identification must distinguish between effects of early family environment andstudent potential. Student potential manifests itself at different times in early grades. Students are identified for high ability math and/or language arts beginningduring the kindergarten year.Procedures HA designation may be removed if subsequent tests and/or classroomperformance in grades 1-2 do not support continuation. Notify parents of identification; services consist of in-class differentiation inspring semester of kindergarten, continuing in first grade. Parents may nominate students who do not qualify for high ability services.High Ability Identification ProcessBackground Our goal is to identify students with high academic potential in math, languagearts or both. Parents will be notified if their child qualifies for high ability services. Identification must distinguish between effects of early family environment andstudent potential. Student potential manifests itself at different times in early grades. Multiple opportunities for identification in grades K-2 (and referrals thereafter)exist to meet primary students’ varying development.Procedures All kindergarten students are given the CoGAT screener. Students who score atthe 80 th percentile or above are then given the full CoGAT assessment. Studentswho score at the 96 th percentile or above on the CoGAT assessment qualify forservices. Student in grades 2 and 5 who score above the 96 th percentile on the STAR 360assessment are given the CoGAT assessment. Students who score at theQuantitative 96 th percentile or higher and/or Non-verbal of 98-99 th percentilequalify for high ability services. Parents may refer their student for high ability services. Parents will fill out aSIGS scaleExiting the High Ability ProgramIn some cases, the HA placement may not be successful for a child. If thissituation presents itself, our protocol is to involve the parents, teacher, andcounselor to consider school-based interventions which may improve the child’sability to succeed within the program. We would then monitor the situation, and,if necessary, change the student’s placement. If a child has been exited from theprogram, he/she is still eligible for placement in future years.
If your child is denied admission to the Hanover Community High Ability Program, there is an appeal process.
The Appeal Form must be completed by the parent/student and submitted to the High Ability Coordinator within two weeks of receiving Notification of Placement letter. The student will then be scheduled to participate in an end of year assessment for the current grade level in language arts or mathematics. They will also be given a writing prompt to complete if the appeal is for reading. The student must receive a 90% or better on the end of year assessment AND/OR a score of a 5 or 6 on the writing prompt.
All data for the student will be reviewed by the High Ability Coordinator, building principal, and the High Ability teachers.
The appeal process is the final determination of the student’s status.For the 2016-2017 school year, appeals will be accepted through August 26, 2016.