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SCS Identification Process Sub-Sections

 

Testing Students for Academic Aptitude
One way students qualify as High Ability or General Intellectual is to show exceptional potential on a nationally normed test that measures IQ. Kindergarten students and grade 1 students are tested using CTB/McGraw Hill’s PCTS or Primary Test of Cognitive Skills. For students in grades 2-8 SCS uses the InView test from CTB/McGraw Hill. High school students will be encouraged take the PSAT and be selected for High Ability based on their AP Potential report.
Elementary
All students in Grades 2 and 5 participate in ability assessments using a nationally-normed test of academic aptitude. Students new to the school and students in grades K, 1, 3, or 4 who have been added to the talent pool based on achievement or qualitative screening measures may be tested with the same nationally-normed test of academic aptitude. Our guideline for High Ability identification is based on academic aptitude at or near the 90th percentile on local norms, taking into consideration the standard error of measure that is reported with each test.
Middle School
Students new to the school and students who have been added to the talent pool based on achievement or qualitative screening measures are tested using a nationally-normed test of academic aptitude. Our guideline for High Ability identification is based on academic aptitude at or near the 90th percentile on local norms, taking into consideration the standard error of measure that is reported with each test.
High School
In Grades 9-12, identification for academic aptitude will be based on AP Potential Expectancy Tables or a similar measure. All 10th graders , students new to the school and students who have been added to the talent pool based on performance or qualitative measures will be encouraged to take the PSAT.
 
Testing Students for Academic Achievement
Another way students qualify as High Ability or General Intellectual is to show exceptional potential on a nationally normed test that measures grade-level performance in language arts and math. Students in grades K-8 take the Terra Nova Test from CTB McGraw Hill.
Elementary
All students in Grades 2 and 5 will be assessed using a nationally-normed test of academic achievement. Students new to the school and students in grades K, 1, 3, or 4 who have been added to the talent pool based on aptitude or qualitative screening measures may be tested with the same nationally-normed test of academic achievement. Our guideline for identification of academic achievement is based on performance two grade levels above the student’s current grade or at or near the 90th percentile on local norms.  Other types of performance data may be collected as secondary indicators of academic performance. This data could include scores from diagnostic assessment or state accountability tests and course grades in E/LA and math.
 Middle School
Students new to the school and students who have been added to the talent pool based on performance or qualitative screening measures are tested using a nationally-normed test of academic achievement. Our guideline for identification of academic achievement is based on performance two grade levels above the student’s current grade or at or near the 90th percentile on local norms. Other types of performance data will be collected as secondary indicators of academic performance. This data could include scores from diagnostic assessment or state accountability tests and course grades in E/LA and math.
High School
Using nationally-normed tests of academic achievement, our guideline for identification of high school students is based on academic performance at or near the 90th percentile on local norms
 
Testing Students for Other Qualities
Other factors in additional to aptitude and performance are also used to make decisions about High Ability designation. These qualitative kinds of data include observations from teachers and parents, or examples of student projects or products that show exceptionality. SCS teachers use the Kingore Observational Survey to identify and tract these behaviors. Parents may also use a Kingore rubric to recommend their children for High Ability testing. (Go to High Ability Characteristics for a list of qualities)
Elementary
Teachers will use a standardized rating scale or observation tool to screen students for characteristics of high ability early in the first semester. Parent rating scale or observation forms will also be available early in the first semester.
Middle School
Teachers will use a standardized rating scale or observation tool to screen students for characteristics of high ability early in the first semester. Parent rating scale or observation forms will also be available early in the first semester.
 Student projects or portfolios are other options for qualitative data.
High School
Teachers and parents may submit letters of recommendation detailing student characteristics and performance that exemplify exceptional achievement, motivation, creativity and intelligence. Student grades/GPA, projects or portfolios are other options for qualitative data.

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