Highly Capable Program Identification Process

  • WAC 392-170-035 Definition—Students who are highly capable.

    As used in this chapter, highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace but are present within all protected classes according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.

    WAC 392-170-036 Definition—Learning characteristics.

    As used in this chapter, the term learning characteristics means that students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

    (1) Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;

    (2) Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;

    (3) Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;

    (4) Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and

    (5) Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

    K-1 Program Identification

    Students in grades K-1 are eligible to be monitored for Highly Capable services. The process to find students who demonstrate characteristics of Highly Capable learners begins with a teacher, parent, guardian, or community member referral. Students that are eligible to be monitored for Highly Capable services are placed in a cluster classroom and provided a differentiated curriculum in their strength area(s). 

    • The referral window for K-1 students is open from Tuesday, February 16, 2021, and closes on Friday, February 26, 2021. Click the link to submit the K-1 Referral Form.

    Once the referral window closes, an eligibility committee meets to review all the information collected for each referred student. Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them of their child’s eligibility and placement. They may choose to accept or decline services. Parent/guardian permission is required for services to start in the 21-22 school year. 

    Grade 2 Identification

    In March, all second-grade students take a 60-minute screening version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The purpose of this test is to find students in need of advanced learning services. Based on the results of the cogAT screener or teacher observations of Highly Capable characteristics, students are referred for Highly Capable services. Parents, guardians, and community members may refer students as well. When the referral window closes, all referred second-grade students will be assigned a test date and time to take the complete CogAT virtually during the weeks of April 19th-April 30th, 2021. 

    • The second-grade parent, guardian, and community member referral window is open from Monday, March 22, 2021, and closes on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Click the link to submit the Grade 2 Referral Form.

    After testing has been completed, an eligibility committee will meet to review student referral information. Eligibility decisions will be made by the end of May. Eligibility letters will be mailed to your home address that is listed in Skyward. Parent/guardian permission is required for services to begin in the 21-22 school year. Parents/guardians may choose to accept or decline services.

    Grade 3, 5, & 6 Identification

    Teachers, parents, or guardians may complete an online referral for students who demonstrate characteristics of highly capable learners. After the referral window closes, all referred students will be assigned a virtual testing date and time to take the cogAT during the week of April 15th-April 23rd. 

    • The 3rd, 5th, & 6th grade parent referral window is open from Monday, March 1, 2021, and closes on Friday, March 12, 2021. Click the link to submit the 3rd, 5th, & 6 Parent Referral Form.

    After testing has been completed, an eligibility committee will meet to review student referral information. Eligibility decisions will be made by the end of May. Eligibility letters will be mailed to your home address that is listed in Skyward. Parent/guardian permission is required for services to begin in the 21-22 school year. Parents/guardians may choose to accept or decline services.

    Grade 4 Identification

    In February, all fourth-grade students take a 30-minute screening version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The purpose of this test is to find students in need of advanced learning services. Based on the results of the cogAT screener or teacher observations of Highly Capable characteristics, students are referred for Highly Capable services. Parents, guardians, and community members may refer students as well. When the referral window closes, all referred fourth-grade students will be assigned a test date and time to take the complete CogAT virtually during the weeks of March 8-March 19th, 2021.

    After testing has been completed, an eligibility committee meets to make eligibility and service decisions for the following year. The committee carefully considers each referred student’s assessment portfolio. Parents/guardians will receive a letter informing them of their child’s eligibility and may choose to accept or decline services. Parent/guardian permission is required for services to begin in the 21-22 school year.