Duneland School Corporation High Ability Program
Duneland School Corporation is committed to identifying K-12th grade students
for high ability and providing them with educational opportunities to ensure
they reach their highest level of academic achievement in core curricular and
enrichment content. Duneland School Corporation recognizes that high ability
students are found in all racial, ethnic, and economic subgroups.
District Definition of High Ability Student
Indiana Department of Education requires school districts to identify high
ability students, K-12, and provide them with the appropriately differentiated
curriculum and instruction. Per IC
20-10.1-5.1-2, the state defines high ability (gifted) students 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.”
Duneland School Corporation identifies students as high
ability in one of the following areas:
Math Only, Language Only or General Intellectual (both Language and
Math). Once in Middle School students are also
identified in Science.
High Ability Program Goals:
- Implement an unbiased identification process based upon specific
criteria using reliable and valid qualitative and quantitative testing measures
to identify students in reading, math or both.
- Administer Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) to all students
- Administer Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) to all kindergarteners and
- Administer inView (CSI) to all 4th and 6th graders
- Use Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) to gather input from
- Create a variety of program options that offer advanced content and
differentiated instruction specifically designed to help students identified as
high achievers maximiz student growth.
- Refer to the NAGC Curriculum rubric to develop a curriculum for high
Refer to the state standards to support the high ability curriculum
- Provide professional development opportunities for educators to learn
how to meet academic, social and emotional characteristics of high ability
- Circulate information about professional development opportunities
available to all educators
- Share research-based articles and literature focusing on the
characteristics of high ability students
- Provide families with information about high ability programs offered
through the school corporation, universities, and other entities
- Inform families (guardians, parents, etc.) about high ability programs
and provide resources about parenting a high ability child.
- Establish a broad-based committee that includes stakeholders from a
multitude of areas (parents, administrators, community members, teachers,
specialist, and students)
- The broad-based committee will annually review the aspects of the high
ability program including identification and curriculum.
- When appropriate, the identification plan and the curriculum will be
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the high ability program.
Please click on the appropriate school level link on the left side of this webpage for more specific information about the identification process and program options for grades K-12. We have also included a FAQ page
in addition to other information in the hopes of answering any questions you may have about the High Ability Program.
Duneland School Corporation High Ability Contacts
- Mike Megyesi, Chesterton Middle School Principal
- CMS Guidance Department