Posted: Tue, 01/22/2019 - 8:48am Updated: Tue, 11/26/2019 - 8:23am

2018-2019 Final Report

Thank you for bringing new heights to high ability! This year, districts have until December 15 to liquidate high ability funds and December 20 to file the final report.  Once your LEA’s entire grant cycle is complete, final reports may be submitted. High Ability data and a program checklist are available on this site for your review as you analyze your LEA’s progress. Please download the pdf version of the final report to plan, accordingly, because once you activate the live Jotform, you will need to finish in one sitting: High Ability Final Report.

Important 2018-2019 Grant Dates to Remember

Grant Effective Date:

July 1, 2018

Application opens

July 23, 2018

Cash Request Deadline:

June 1, 2019

Encumbrance Deadline:

September 30, 2019

Liquidation Deadline:

December 15, 2019

Final Report Due:

December 20, 2019

High Ability Grant 2019-2020

Important 2019-2020 Grant Dates to Remember

Grant Effective Date:

July 1, 2019

Application opens

July 19, 2019

Cash Request Deadline:

June 1, 2020

Encumbrance Deadline:

September 30, 2020

Liquidation Deadline:

December 15, 2020

Final Report Due:

December 20, 2020

High Ability Data



New Grant Amendment Process

Are you wondering if you need to make an amendment?

You only need to submit an amendment if you significantly want to change the scope of the grant or desire to make a change greater than 10%.

The new process is very easy!

  1. Fill out the Jotform: Amendment Form, 2018-2019
  2. Provide a rationale for the change in the designated box.
  3. Enter your new revised budget. 
  4. Wait for approval via email from Cindy Schuler
  5. Re-submit your cash request form, if needed: High Ability Cash Request Form

Former Final Report Portal

Competitive Grant Guidance

Indiana Department of Education is pleased to announce nine High Ability Competitive Grant recipients and is eager to see the new heights being brought to high ability education through the proposed projects.

Local Education Agency Award High Ability Competitive Grant Proposal
Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock $74,078.96 The greatest need in our district is in the area of curricular materials to support high ability learners in grades kindergarten through grade eight. Funding would be utilized to purchase materials/tools to meet student needs. Materials would include Junior Great Books, William and Mary units of study, Perfection Learning, Michael Clay Thompson Vocabulary, Texts and Lessons books (Daniels), and resources to support Indiana Department of Education High Ability Units of Study. These tools provide more opportunities for alternate/extension activities as curriculum is compacted to best meet the needs of our students. In addition and for added support, professional development opportunities and student summer camp opportunities to enhance achievement would be provided, as well.
Danville Community School Corporation $66,220 Our vision is to provide a more appropriately rigorous AND engaging curriculum for our high ability students that goes beyond what is being taught in traditional classes. We would like to completely rework English Language Arts and Math High Ability curriculum in grades kindergarten through twelve, which includes a STEM component. Our aim is to have this new, rigorous curriculum be ready to implement in classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year. In order to accomplish, we will bring in highly qualified consultants to deliver professional development on best practices of curriculum development, pay for our own staff to work during the summer on aligning high ability curriculum to grade level curriculum maps, and purchase materials, such as class novel sets, enriched curricular resources, and rigorous high ability vocabulary resources.
East Allen County Schools $74,253 We are proposing funding for five teachers to complete high ability licensing. Included in this will be tuition and books. We are also proposing collaboration days throughout the school year for all of our high ability teachers: full day collaborations one time per quarter throughout the school year. The other proposals include providing parents and students with books to take home, building lending libraries in each of our five attendance areas, providing a High Ability Summer Academy, and bringing in experts to talk on various topics of high ability.
Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation $31,100 The objective of this plan is to provide teachers with a better understanding of how to support the intellectual curiosity and emotional needs of high ability students. This project will include 73 teachers impacting 707 students. The project will be comprised of a year-long professional development series focusing on Creative Thinking, Social-Emotional Learning, and Differentiation in High Ability classrooms. The proposed funds will be used to bring in high ability specialists to deliver the content, provide substitutes for teachers attending, and purchase supplementary materials aligned with the professional development content.
Indiana Academy for Science, Math, and Humanities $34,593 Students who attend the Indiana Academy come from all over the state and represent many types of backgrounds. Their preparation for our advanced curriculum and high ability programs is frequently uneven. Many students have also never experienced a residential environment. We propose a summer institute experience to prepare at-risk incoming juniors residentially, academically, and psychologically to even the playing field. The budget request is for funding a summer institute and for follow-up sessions. If students are more evenly and better prepared, the expectation is that they will be able to better utilize the opportunities offered by the Academy’s high ability programs.
Manchester Community Schools $57,500 MCS will conduct a five-day summer curriculum writing “boot camp” for teachers. The camp will be facilitated by the Manchester University education professor that teaches high ability coursework. Camp “counselors” (experts in media literacy, social-emotional learning, technology, STEM, and project-based learning) will be on hand daily to assist with curriculum planning and will continue to provide support throughout the school year. Crafting an aligned curriculum and providing support specific to the affective needs of our kindergarten through eighth grade high ability students will heighten rigor, awareness, and expand program effectiveness.
Northeast School Corporation $27,900 Our high ability students are often not developing their full potential, and our teachers are requesting further high ability curriculum development to best meet our students’ academic needs. Our aim is to create additional critical and creative thinking experiences for high ability students with like peers. Likewise, modeling by licensed high ability teachers is necessary. By providing enriched after school experiences, Saturday, and summer experiences with a strong integrated curriculum, we can develop autonomous thinking skills for students that will transfer to the regular classroom and beyond. Additionally, we aim to improve daily teacher instruction through an immersion internship with high ability teachers.
North Montgomery Community School Corporation $46,740 We believe that funds for professional development, coaching, and licensure produce the highest impact for high ability students and advanced learning. Our aim is to yield increased student assessment data, advanced learning opportunities, including STEM, and increased teacher effectiveness in high ability instruction. We will achieve this through professional development, train the trainer model, Advanced Placement Summer Institute training, and coaching opportunities.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools $64,720 Our vision is to provide intensive professional learning for middle/high school teachers/administrators/counselors to directly improve instruction/curriculum for gifted learners. We further aim to increase the number of high ability students taking/passing advanced placement classes/exams and improving outcomes for gifted learners. We propose consultant-led professional development to ensure rigor and vertical articulation for grades six through twelve, with intensive focus on strategies specific for high ability learners. This will include explicitly incorporating higher order process/research skills, acceleration, curricular compacting, and conceptual learning. The proposal also includes coaching and collaboration, parent resources to support learning, and advanced placement professional development.
Total Awarded $476,904.07