HiCap Parent Council
December 15, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hybrid: In-person & Zoom
Discussion Topic - How Can So Many Students Be Invisible? Large Percentages of American Students Perform Above Grade Level
1. Reminds of Seattle Times article about how Accelerated models work well for all learners
2. Frustrating for parents about teaching to least common denominator
3. Gap between kids gets wider as kids get older
4. Differentiation is possible, but requires effort by teacher and support from principal
5. Footnote – Myths of Giftedness. Differentiation is akin to separate gifted program and that teachers can effectively differentiate within the classroom.
6. Myth that do not have to differentiate within a gifted classroom
7. Conclusion – “Not surprising math percentages are not as high as reading.” Could we dig into our SBAs to determine if we are doing better in having math students test higher? – We often test low on SBA because kids are so accelerated, they need to review earlier lessons prior to SBA.
8. Is every child getting what they need when they need it? Aspirational goal, and definitely the goal, but difficult to achieve.
9. Conversation about home schooling and how it meets individual child’s needs, but not in a scalable way. And why parents will and will not test if in NFP, unless they are planning to transition back into public school.
10. At 4th and 5th grades, there is a large jump in students who are performing at least 1 grade ahead. Does NSD see a similar jump and do we capture it? How do we discover them? For 5th graders, via SBA.