High Ability

Martinsville’s 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.

 

Metropolitan School District of Martinsville

High Ability Program Identification

 

High Ability Assessments for Spring Testing:

CogAT Screener:  K and 2

CogAT:  K and 2

NWEA:  Grades K-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 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 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

  • Identified through screening process, tested and qualified as high ability student
  • Will test using NWEA and InView (potential-based assessment)
  • If qualify through testing, will receive high ability services in 5th and 6th grades and will retest at the end of 6th grade to qualify for enrichment services at the middle school

 

5th Grade

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

 

6th Grade

 

  • Identified through screening process, tested and qualified as high ability student
  • Will test using NWEA and InView (potential-based assessment)
  • If qualify through testing, will receive high ability services in 7th and 8th grade

 

7th & 8th Grade

 

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

 

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 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 the High Ability Students

Services for grades K-12

 

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

 

  • Grades 3-8 Enrichment Program

 

Enrichment Program:

The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville’s Enrichment Program is geared at providing special curricular challenges and activities for the high ability and high achieving students at all of the district’s schools. The program coordinators submitted a grant to the State of Indiana, and the State funds received from that grant help provide for the District’s Enrichment Program to function. The grant helps to fund materials and opportunities for high ability students. Each school’s Enrichment Program will be set up differently. Though the Enrichment Program students are
engaged by the activities, this one-two hour per week opportunity is not inclusive of the district’s curriculum that is in place at each school to challenge the high achieving and high ability students. Other services and programs are offered at each of the district’s schools.

 

  • Grades K-12 Differentiated Instruction in classrooms based upon domains
  • Grades K-12 Special program/enrichment activities offered by the school