Highly Capable Program accepting nominations

Staff Writer

The Colville School District’s Highly Capable Program is now accepting nominations of students to be assessed to qualify for enriched educational instruction and experiences.

“We know we have gifted students who could be receiving supplemental academic services,” said Director of Curriculum and Assessment Sherry Clark. “We just don’t know who they all are yet. The first step is for anyone – parents, teachers, family members, or others who know the student – to recognize common traits of highly capable students and fill out a nomination form.”

The Highly Capable Program helps the school district provide appropriate placement for these students. Gifted students can receive enriched activities, differentiation in curriculum, flexible grouping, choice activities and secondary course options.

Highly capable students are often described as those who perform at significantly advanced academic levels compared to their peers. Gifted students represent the top three percent or so of the population, and because there is no single method for identifying students, the selection committee will use multiple criteria to assess nominated students for the program.

Parent permission is required for students to be considered or tested.

The process may include a review achievement test scores, teacher and parent input and other performance indicators.

By Washington state law and school board policy, the Colville School District is required to provide accelerated learning opportunities for students who are identified as highly capable. Teachers will receive training to prepare them to deliver services in an in-class model that will include enrichment and choice activities.

“We’re excited to grow opportunities for students,” Superintendent Pete Lewis said. “It’s important to challenge and prepare our students for the future. Having a highly capable program will provide that opportunity.”

The nomination form and additional information are available at all district schools, at the school district office or on the district website at www.colsd.org. Forms must be submitted to the school district by April 8, 2016. For more information about the district’s capable program, contact Sherry Clark at (509) 685-2106.