High Ability

MSD of Martinsville High Ability

Mission Statement

The mission of the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville’s High Ability program is to provide accelerated and enriched learning experiences to all students in grades K-12 for students in all socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, if they are found to perform at, or demonstrate an exceptional level of learning ability in language arts and/or math.  Martinsville schools recognize the need to identify these students and provide a challenging and differentiated curriculum for all students to reach their potential; the high ability students experience an educational journey through student-centered exploration.  Together, as the high ability representatives for the Martinsville School District, we challenge and inspire high ability students through rich experiences, empowering them to achieve success.  When high ability students walk across the stage at their graduation from Martinsville High School, they have been prepared through curricular challenges and opportunities based on their needs, and they are ready to make positive contributions to our world.

High Ability Program Identification

High Ability assessments for spring testing:

CogAT Screener:  Grades K and 2
CogAT:  Grades K and 2
NWEA:  Grades K-4
Terra Nova:  Grades 5-8
InView:  Grades 3-8
PSAT/SAT/ECA/AP Tests:  High School

KINDERGARTEN

  • Identified through CogAT screener, and teacher recommendation 
  • Will test using NWEA (performance-based assessment) and CogAT (potential-based assessment)
  • Will receive services for 1st and 2nd grade if qualify through Spring testing
  • Will retest at the end of  2nd grade to qualify for an enrichment program for grades 3-4

2ND GRADE

  • Identified through CogAT (potential-based performance) screener, and teacher recommendation 
  • Will test using NWEA (performance-based assessment) and CogAT (potential-based assessment
  • If qualify through testing, will receive high ability services in 3rd and 4th  grades for the remainder of elementary school and will retest at the end of 4th grade to qualify for an enrichment program at the intermediate school.

3RD GRADE

  • Newly identified students through teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using NWEA and InView.

4TH GRADE

  • If qualify through testing, will receive High Ability services in grades 5 thru 8.

5TH GRADE

  • Newly identified through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using Terra Nova and InView.

6TH GRADE

  • Newly identified through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using Terra Nova and InView.

7TH GRADE

  • Newly identified through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using Terra Nova and InView.

8TH GRADE

  • Newly identified through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using Terra Nova and InView.

HIGH SCHOOL
(9-12TH GRADE)

  • Students identified through PSAT/SAT/ECA and AP assessments.

Additional High Ability Assessment Information

  • Students may be exited from the program based upon their performance.  The teacher and high ability representative must complete paperwork, meet with the student and parent, set goals and give a timeline to reach those goals before the exit process is completed.
  • In order to qualify, students must score in the 92 percentile or above on the CogAt OR in the 96 percentile or above on the NWEA, Terra Nova or InView.  
  • Students can qualify as math, LA, or general domain depending on scores.
  • Communication is sent to parents once scores are received and eligibility is determined.

 

 

Enrichment Program for High Ability Student Services, Grades K-12

The MSD of Martinsville will offer the following services to students based upon their High Ability domain.

High Ability Guidance and Counseling Plan

How are we meeting the needs and educational career plans for high ability students in our district?