High Ability Identification

Focus on Excellence Identification Process


Grades K-2

Students in grades K are given the entire CogAT battery in May of the school year.  Those scores are compiled into list of high ability students per building for clustering purposes in grades 1 and 2 and provided differentiated instruction from the classroom teacher..)


Step #1

All second graders are given the 9 subtests of the CoGat 7 as a screen to develop a large pool of talented students.


Step #2

Once the CogAT reports are completed, a list of any student scoring  > 95% will have one of the following high ability labels:  Math only, Reading only, or General Intellectual (both).


Step #3

Students who qualify for further identification (scoring between 90-94% on CogAT battery) will have the following information completed regarding their achievement in the classroom so far:

   **SIGS (Teacher rating:  Scales for Identifying Gifted Students)

   **iReady achievement test scores.  (Points are given for any score above the 2nd grade level.)

Step #4

Data is combined into ranking format.  The top 10-12 students are eligible for inclusion in the 3rd-6th grade program first.  Those identified but not participating in the full day program at Wilbur Wright are provided differentiated instruction within the regular classroom at their home schools through cluster grouping.


Grade 6 MATH:

In the spring of each year, data coaches will administer the Orleans Hanna Algebra Prognosis Test to all 6th graders who scored Pass+ on their 5th grade ISTEP test.

HA staff will score and deliver information to NCMS for Algebra I participants for the following year. (Parent meeting will be held to explain expectations, consequences of acceleration, etc.)