High Ability FAQ's

Last Updated: 9/24/2020 6:52 PM

1.   What is the definition of a high ability student?  

The Indiana Code defines a student with high abilities as one who: performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain when compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment.

2. How are high ability students identified?

  • We identify students for high ability math and/or language arts beginning in elementary school.  All students get a CogAT test in grades K, 2, and 5 and then the top 25% get an achievement test.  This data is reevaluated each year.  Achievement tests continue into middle school and in high school SAT and other college prep data is used.   
  • We use both qualitative (characteristics) measures and quantitative measures (test scores) in identification.  
  • Our goal is to include as many students as possible to provide each student with a challenging instructional environment.

3. What does Indiana law require of a high ability program? 

The plan must include the following components:

(1) The establishment of a broad based planning committee that meets periodically to review the local education authority's plan for high ability students. The committee must have representatives from diverse groups representing the school and community.

(2) Student assessments that identify high ability students using multifaceted assessments to ensure that students not identified by traditional assessments because of economic disadvantage, cultural background, underachievement, or disabilities are included. The assessments must identify students with high abilities in the general intellectual domain and specific academic domains. The results of an assessment under this subdivision must be recorded with the student test number assigned to a student.

(3) Professional development.

(4) Development and implementation of local services for high ability students, including appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction in the core academic areas designated by the state board for each grade consistent with federal, state, local, and private funding sources.

(5) Evaluation of the local program for high ability students.  

4. What if my child is new to Eastern Hancock Schools?   

If your child has been served as high ability in the past, we will take this into consideration.  At any time, you can request testing to help us best serve your child’s educational needs.

Please feel free to contact us with any other questions!