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Identification Plan for High Ability Services 

For the 2021-2022 School Year

Fall 2020: NWEA Achievement
NWEA testing is administered at least two times per year for all K-6 students. The Fall NWEA test is administered during this window. Results allow teachers to differentiate and plan for student needs as soon as performance levels are determined, even before the formal identification process.
 
Winter 2021: NWEA Achievement
Winter NWEA results allow teachers to see growth over a calendar year and helps them plan for students’ instructional needs.  It is also used to identify students for high ability services.
 
K and 1st grade – Students who score in the 99th percentile on math NWEA qualify for high ability services in math. Students who score in the 99th percentile on reading NWEA qualify for high ability services in language arts.
 
2nd - 6th grade – Students who score in the 95th - 99th percentile on math NWEA qualify for high ability services in math. Students who score in the 95th - 99th percentile on reading NWEA qualify for high ability services in language arts.
 
March 2021: CogAT Testing
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures general reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal.  The screener is a partial version of the full CogAT.
 
CogAT Screener:
  • All kindergarten students take the CogAT screener.
  • All 2nd grade students (who have not already qualified for high ability services) take the CogAT screener. 
Full CogAT:
  • Kindergarteners who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the screener take the full CogAT.
  • 2nd grade students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the screener take the full CogAT.
  • 5th grade students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the Winter NWEA (and have not already qualified for high ability services) take the full CogAT.  
Spring 2021: SIGS – Scales for Identifying Gifted Students
Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) is an identification instrument used if the score of a student in grades K, 2, or 5 falls within the standard error of measure on either Winter NWEA or CogAT. SIGS will be completed online by the teacher and family of the student.
 
Students who score in the 95th percentile or higher will qualify for high ability services.

Spring 2021: Two-year Advanced Math Placement
At the intermediate and junior high levels, some students may elect to participate in a two-year advanced math course. This is not generally recommended for the majority of students who receive high ability services and must be carefully considered, as students may earn multiple high school credits and receive grades toward their high school GPAs as junior high students.
 
To enroll in two-year advanced math, students must meet all three requirements:
  • Currently receive one-year advanced math services
  • Score in the 97th, 98th, or 99th percentile on the Winter NWEA
  • Teacher Recommendation (Teachers may only recommend students who meet the first two requirements.)
Spring 2021: NWEA Achievement for K, 1st, 2nd Only
Spring NWEA results allow K-2 teachers to see growth over a school year.  It is also used to identify students for high ability services.
 
Students in grades 3 and up participate in ILEARN testing at this time and will not take Spring NWEA.
 
K and 1st grade – Students who score in the 99th percentile on math NWEA qualify for high ability services in math. Students who score in the 99th percentile on reading NWEA qualify for high ability services in language arts.
 
2nd grade – Students who score in the 95th - 99th percentile on math NWEA qualify for high ability services in math. Students who score in the 95th - 99th percentile on reading NWEA qualify for high ability services in language arts.
 
Early Summer 2021: Results Reported
Results of the identification process are reported to families through email. Identified students will automatically receive high ability services beginning in August 2021.
 
To decline high ability services, families must contact Curriculum Coordinator, Annette Miller (armiller@hse.k12.in.us or 317-594-4100) at the HSE Administration Office by July 1, 2021.
 
Many families will not receive emails because their students will be continuing with the same educational plan as previous years.  If your student is in kindergarten, second, or fifth grade (and does not already receive high ability services), please expect an email notification regarding your child’s assessment results.  If your student is in first, third, fourth, or sixth grade, you will only receive an email if your child has been identified for new services for next year.  If your student already receives high ability services in both math and reading, all services will remain in place for next year so you will not receive an email.  If you have questions, please contact your school or visit our website.  Most importantly, please know we will be ready to meet every student’s needs in every classroom!
 

Formal identification years:

Kindergarten
All students will receive an email letter regarding assessment and identification.
 
2nd Grade
All students, except students who are already HA qualified in both areas, will receive an email letter regarding assessment and identification.
 
5th Grade
All students, except students who are already HA qualified in both areas, will receive an email letter regarding assessment and identification.
 
1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th Grades
Only students who will have a change to HA services (adding high ability reading services, adding high ability math services, or adding two year advanced math in grades 5-7) will receive an email letter regarding assessment and identification.
 
Late July 2020: Summer High Ability Identification for Move-in Students
Students who move to HSE may be eligible for high ability services if they meet the qualifications. Upon enrollment, families should provide any documentation related to high ability testing and standardized test results for review.  Testing is available for new students who do not have testing data administered within the last two years.  Details are in our FAQ document on our website.
 
 

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  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
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