Identification Process

  • Students are identified as high ability or as having the potential for high ability in General Academic (BOTH Language arts and Mathematics) or Specific Academic (EITHER Language Arts or Mathematics) 

    in early elementary grades.  

    The following assessments are used to identify Kindergarten and grade 2 students:

    • Cognitive Abilities full-battery Test (CogAT) (Ability Measure)
    • NWEA/Measure of Academic Progress  (MAP) (Achievement Measure)
    • Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) (Qualitative Measure)

    Students will be reassessed in grades 5, and 8 using the following criteria:

    • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test 8th edition (OLSAT 8) (Ability Measure)
    • Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) (Achievement Measure)
    • Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) (Qualitative Measure)


    MULTIPLE PATHWAYS TO IDENTIFICATION POLICY


    Whitko Community School uses a Multiple Pathway Model for identifying high ability students, as recommended by the Indiana Department of Education; and based on best practice.  There is more than one way that students can be identified as high ability in our school district.  

    The pathways include a score in the 96%ile or higher on a norm-referenced measure of ability OR a score in the 95%ile 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.