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Washtucna School District Highly Capable Plan

Washtucna School District Highly Capable Plan

 

Washtucna School District #109

Highly Capable Program

 

Washtucna School District #109 is committed to providing an educational program that promotes academic excellence by meeting the educational needs of all students.  For Highly Capable students, access to accelerated learning and enhanced instruction is access to a basic education.  (WAC 392-170-012) For more information about Washtucna School District’s Highly Capable Program (HCP), please refer to School Board Policy and Procedure 2190.

 

WAC 392-170-035 Definition – Students Who Are Highly Capable

·       Students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.

·       Outstanding abilities are seen within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain.

Washtucna Schools recognizes that these students are present not only in the general population, but are present within all defined protected groups.

WAC 392-170-036 Definition – Learning Characteristics

Students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, the following learning characteristics:

·       Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;

·       Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;

·       Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

·       Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

·       Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

The District’s plan will be submitted annually using forms provided by OSPI. (WAC 392-170-020)

Additionally, the District’s plan for students who are highly capable will be reviewed annually and approved, through formal action, by the Board of Directors of Washtucna School District #109. (WAC 392-170-025)

Characteristics of Highly Capable Children

Bright Child vs Gifted Learner

Bright Child

Gifted Learner

Knows the answers

Asks questions

Is interested

Is highly curious

Is attentive

Is mentally and physically involved

Answers the questions

Discusses in detail, elaborates

Top group

Beyond the group

Listens with interest

Shows strong feelings and opinions

Learns with ease

Already knows

6 – 8 repetitions for mastery

1 – 2 repetitions for mastery

Understand ideas

Constructs abstractions

Enjoys peers

Prefers adults

Grasps the meaning

Draws inferences

Is receptive

Is intense

Copies accurately

Creates a new design

Enjoys school

Enjoys learning

Absorbs information

Manipulates information

Technician

Inventor

Good memorizer

Good guesser

Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation

Thrives on observant

Is alert

Is keenly observant

Is pleased with own learning

Is highly self-critical

 

 

 

 

What Does Highly Capable Mean?

Being Highly Capable means having extraordinary ability

or potential in intellect, academic aptitude or creative
thinking.  Some examples include:

·        Advanced vocabulary

·        Curiosity (asks endless questions)

·        Sophisticated sense of humor

·        Experiments with ideas

·        Advanced creativity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Public Notice

Highly Capable Program (HCP)

Highly Capable services are available at Washtucna School District at the K – 12 levels.  A teacher, other staff members, a parent/guardian, a student, or any community member who has knowledge of the student’s abilities may initiate a referral for Highly Capable services. (WAC 39­170-045)

Nominators will use the District’s Referral Form to refer a student to be considered for admission in the Highly Capable Program.  Referral forms are available in the Washtucna School District office or can be printed from the school website at www.tucna.wednet.edu.

 

Eligibility/Identification

Multiple objective criteria shall be used for identification of Highly Capable students by a Multi-Disciplinary Review (Highly Capable Program) Committee. (WAC 392-170-055) The Highly Capable Program Committee shall consist of the following professionals:

·       A special teacher.  If there is no special teacher available, a classroom teacher shall be appointed

·       A psychologist or other qualified practitioner with the training to interpret cognitive and achievement test results

·       A certificated coordinator/administrator with responsibility for the supervision of the District’s program for Highly Capable and

·       Additional professionals that the District deems desirable. (WAC 392-170-070) 

 

Permissions

Parents/guardians will be notified in writing if their student has been referred for the Highly Capable Program.  Parental/guardian permission will be obtained before conducting any assessments for eligibility or before providing Highly Capable Program services.

 

 

 

The Referral Process

The District will notify the public annually in multiple ways and appropriate languages of any major identification activity for the Highly Capable Program. (WAC 392-170-042)

Referrals are permitted and accepted based on clear and current data and evidence from a classroom teacher, other staff members, parent/guardian, student, or community member.  A Referral Form can be obtained from the District office or off the school website at www.tucna.wednet.edu. (WAC392-170-045)

All forms are compiled by the school’s Highly Capable Program Committee.

Students will be assessed by qualified District personnel. (WAC 392-170-055)

After testing is complete, the Highly Capable Program Committee reviews all information and makes eligibility decisions.

Parents/guardians and/or the referral source will be notified by mail of the results.

Confidentiality is maintained during all steps in the process.

 

Screening, Selection and Placement

Placement in the Highly Capable Program will be based upon a review of each student’s capability as shown by multiple criteria and multiple assessments.  (WAC 392-170-055)

Once a student has been tested, data is compiled and forwarded to a review committee that determines eligibility for highly capable services.  Criteria for selection include a combination of:

·       Academic Achievement

ü District assessments

ü State assessments

ü Grades and/or classroom work samples

ü Other Standardized Tests

·       Aptitude Tests

·       Referral Form

·       Teacher Interview

 

The final selection will be based upon the decision of the Highly Capable Program Committee.

As specified in WAC 392-170-075, the policies and procedures used in the selection of the most highly capable will not violate federal and state laws; will be based on professional judgment as to which students will benefit the most from inclusion in the District’s program; and on a selection process that is based on data and other evidence.

 

Exit Process (WAC 392-170-047)

The exit process may be initiated for students who no longer demonstrate a need for highly capable program services.  A request may be made by a parent, teacher or program administrator for highly capable student identification and placement discontinuation.  The Highly Capable Program Committee will meet to consider the request.  The Highly Capable Program Committee may request additional evidence of student capabilities and/or willingness to participate in the program.  If the committee determines that the student no longer qualifies for highly capable services, it may recommend that the student be exited from the program.  The parent will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision and of the appeal process.

 

Process for Appeal

Parents/legal guardians have the right to appeal the Highly Capable Program Committee’s decision.  Individuals appealing the decision must submit a completed Appeals Form which can be found on the school’s website at www.tucna.wednet.edu or can be obtained from the school office.  This form and supporting evidence must be submitted to the Highly Capable Program Committee within three weeks of the committee’s decision notification.

The Highly Capable Program Committee will review the student’s file, assessment profile data, and additional evidence provided in the request for appeal. 

The decision of the Highly Capable Program Committee may include:

·       Upholding the original decision

·       Reversing the decision

·       Placing on hold pending further information

This decision will be made by the committee within 10 school days after receipt of the request for reconsideration.  The parent/legal guardian will be notified of the decision in writing.  The decision of the committee is final. 

 

Program Design (WAC 392-170-078)

The district will make a variety of appropriate services available to students who participate in the Highly Capable Program.  Once services are started, a continuum of services will be provided to identified students in grades K – 12.  The district will keep on file a description of the educational programs provided for identified students and will review services at the beginning of each school year for each student to ensure that the services are appropriate.

The Washtucna School District will offer highly capable students the following services:

·       Accelerated learning opportunities

·       Differentiated instruction

·       Academic grouping arrangements that provide intellectual and peer group interactions

·       Career exploration-Job shadow experiences

·       Enrichment activities-Extended learning opportunities

·       Other

 

 

Review and Evaluation

The District’s Highly Capable Plan will be reviewed and evaluated annually paying attention to how the Highly Capable Plan’s goals and student achievement outcomes will be measured. (WAC 392-170-030)   Per WAC 392-170-087, the review will also include:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the process used to identify HCP students
  • Assessment data and other indicators to determine the degree to which the district is meeting the academic needs of identified students
  • HCP expenditures

 

 

Reporting

Identified students will be assigned the appropriate CEDARS Gifted value(s) in the District’s student information system for the end-of-year reporting activities.  The superintendent or his/her designee will provide an end-of-year report to the Office of Superintendent Instruction (OSPI) which includes:

·       Number of students served by grade level K – 12

·       Student demographic information

·       Data to determine in students who are highly capable met the goals set and if the programs provided met the academic need of these students

·       Number and content of professional development activities provided for the staff

·       Program evaluation data, and if needed, program changes that will be made based upon this information

·       Final fiscal report that reports on activities and staff funded by this program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Washtucna School District #109 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provided equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX RCW 28A.640 Officer and Section 504 Coordinator: J. Brent Seedall, 730 E. Booth Ave., Washtucna, WA 99371; 509-646-3237 or 509-646-3401. 

 

Washtucna School District #109

Highly Capable Program

 

REFERRAL FORM                               

 

DIRECTIONS:  Please complete both the front and back of this form and return to the main school office by ______________________________________.

Student Information

Student Name:

Current Grade Level:

 

Teacher: (if applicable)

 

 

Person Completing this Referral

Name:

 

Relation to Student:            

                                                Parent                  Teacher                   Other (Explain):

 

Parent Permission (only complete if you are the parent):  I give my permission for testing and to receive services in the Highly Capable Program if criteria are met.

Parent

Signature:

 

Date

Student

Birthdate:

Mailing Address (street, city, state, zip):                                   Phone Number:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see the next page and complete also.

Please respond to the following statements by marking the number that best represents the student.  Add any examples or comments in the third column.  Additional information regarding a student’s exceptional ability, achievement and/or creativity may be submitted with this application.

 

Low                                   High

Comments

Constantly asks questions

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

Offers unusual responses

or connections

1

2

3

4

5

 

Likes to try new things

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

Has a keen sense of humor

1

2

3

4

5

 

Creates original ideas and products

1

2

3

4

5

 

Has many interests, hobbies, and collections

1

2

3

4

5

 

Is bored with routine tasks

1

2

3

4

5

 

Learns quickly and easily

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

Uses advanced vocabulary

1

2

3

4

5

 

Enjoys complex tasks

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

Intense, gets totally into tasks or thoughts

1

2

3

4

5

 

Relates easily to adults and older peers

1

2

3

4

5

 

Sense of fairness

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

Uses unusual abstract thinking

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

Additional Comments:

If you have any questions about completing this form or the testing process, you may contact the Highly Capable Committee at (509) 646-3211.

 

 

Washtucna School District #109

Highly Capable Program

 

Dear Parent/Guardian of ________________________________,

Your child has been referred to possibly receive services in our Highly Capable Program.  The services at Washtucna School District include but are not limited to:

·       Accelerated learning opportunities

·       Differentiated instruction

·       Academic grouping arrangements that provide intellectual and peer group interactions

·       Career exploration-Job shadow experiences

·       Enrichment activities-Extended learning opportunities

·       Other

Selection by the HCP Committee will be based on multiple criteria which may include:

·       Permission and information form from parent/guardian

·       Teacher checklist/questionnaire or interview

·       Achievement indicated by grades and/or classroom work samples

·       Current information from ability tests

·       Information from achievement tests

·       Other

Please complete the attached Referral Form, including dated signature, and return it to the school office to begin the referral process.  The form will be forwarded to the Highly Capable Program Committee.  If testing is required, parent/guardian permission will be requested.  We will inform you of test dates and results.

The Highly Capable Program Committee will meet and will notify parents/guardians of decisions within 10 school days.  Any questions regarding the referral process or test results should be directed to the Highly Capable Program Committee at the school. 

 

Sincerely,