As recommended by the Indiana Department of Education, Whitko Community School Corporation utilizes a Multiple Pathways to Identification system to select high ability students.
These pathways include an outstanding score on a norm-referenced measure of ability (96th percentile or higher) OR an outstanding score (95th percentile or higher) on a norm-referenced measure of achievement OR qualitative indicators of high ability for those whose scores on either the norm-referenced measure of achievement or ability just missed the cut score guidelines for identification.
Performance-based assessments that evaluate the performance of students involved in complex learning opportunities through the use of instruments, such as the following:
- Standardized achievement tests
- MAP/NWEA test data
Potential- based assessments that evaluate the potential performance of high ability students through the use of instruments, such as the following:
- Standardized aptitude tests
- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
- Otis-Lenon Aptitude Test (OLSAT)
Other forms of assessment that include using procedures designed to reduce any assessment biases that may be inherent in other assessment methods used to evaluate the services needed for high ability students.
Utilizing the formal assessments listed above, the Whitko Assessment Program includes provisions for the following:
- Identification Process Kindergarten through Grade 12
- Data Collection
- Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS rating scales)
- Nomination by teachers, parents, student, and peers
- Appeals Policy
- Exit Policy
- Appeal Procedure
- Transfer Student Policy
- Parent Notification