Blackford County Schools

High Ability Identification Procedures

We will screen our students in kindergarten and in 2nd grade. 

Due to the transition for the 2017-2018 school year, we will screen 3rd graders in the fall of 2017.

The screening will consist of multiple inputs

  • CogAT 7 assessment
  • NWEA MAP assessment
  • Classroom grades/Teacher recommendation
  • Parent inventory (if requested by parent or teacher)

The high ability selection committee will select students identified as high ability based on the results of the above inputs.

Kindergarten

  • CogAT 7 Cut score 97 percentile (additional data considered if just below)
  • Committee review of teacher recommendation based on classroom work
  • Committee review of parent inventory if requested by teacher or parent

Third Grade

  • CogAT 7 Cut score 97 percentile (additional data considered if just below)
  • NWEA Cut score TBA

Sixth Grade

  • Explore Cut score 97 percentile (additional data considered if just below)
  • NWEA Cut score TBA

The high ability selection committee will consist of administrators, the district school psychologist, and the district high ability coordinator.

Parents may appeal the committee's decision. The district's school psychologist will retest using an alternative assessment with these students and share the results to the committee in the case of parent appeal.

We will use NWEA testing to track the progress of identified high ability students.