Ensuring all students are performing to their highest ability and reaching their maximum potential is paramount in the EVSC. To that end, the EVSC has programming for students who are identified as high ability.
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; and:
- Is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interests. (IC 20-36-1-3)
How Students are Identified
To participate in high ability programs in the EVSC, students must meet identification criteria which include a variety of data such as standardized test scores and teacher and parent input. Students are identified for high ability services in the following areas: general intellect, language arts, math, or performing arts.
Students are formally identified and selected for high ability services in kindergarten, fourth and seventh grades. However, a standardized IQ screener may be administered to students who enroll from outside the EVSC who show high ability potential through data review, and who wish to be considered for placement.
High Ability Programs in EVSC Schools
At the elementary level, high ability students are served in several ways.
One way is through a pullout program where students receive a minimum of 200 minutes of instruction per week. Another way is through a cluster group model or performance cluster model where high ability students are clustered together in homerooms and services are provided within the regular classroom setting. Finally there are students who receive services in the regular classroom setting with individualized instruction delivered based on their high abilities.
In middle and high schools, high ability students follow an honors curriculum in English/language arts, social studies, advanced math and science curricula.
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