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Identifying High Ability Students

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#1 TimZ



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 01:39 PM

Greater Clark will be testing Kindergarten students to identify those who will become part of the high ability program next year.  A few observations.


The High Ability Program does so little that being identified or not makes little difference.


The implication is that there is no effort to address the needs of High Ability kids in Kindergarten.


Most important is the fantasy that the public school represents the universe.  There is no process by which a parent can have a student identified prior to enrolling them in public school.  If you sent your gifted kid to a private kindergarten and want them in GCCS High Ability Program, you have to enroll them without any assurance that they will be included and hope that they will be identified sometime during first grade.


This last problem is true at whatever grade a child is transferred into Greater Clark.  There is no way to factor the High Ability Program into a school selection decision (public, charter, private) because GCCS won't tell you if they will be accepted into the program in advance.  They also will not tell you about any specific strategies for differentiated education for your child prior to implementing those strategies.  We are supposed to give them our kids and trust them to do the right thing, in spite of their dismal record.

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