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This is about equity of experience and opportunity for all students.

The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) governs rules for testing, eligibility, placement, and other program activities. Evergreen Public Schools aligns with WAC to identify and provide services for all students that qualify, regardless of socioeconomic status, culture, or geographic placement in the community.

http://www.k12.wa.us/HighlyCapable/pubdocs/IdentifyHighlyCapablePrintableBookmarks.PDF


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Registration open Oct 1st-November 24th 2018

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REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION

Anyone can refer a child. EPS maintains written procedures for the referral of students to participate in programs for highly capable students that include referrals based on data or evidence from teachers, other staff, parents, students, and members of the community. The identification process applies equitably to all enrolled students and families from every racial, ethnic and socio-economic population present in the school district. Districts must review identification procedures to make sure student selection reflects the demographics of the area they serve. Students are identified for full testing using multiple measures and objective criteria. Students applying through open registration may be recommended by a parent, a teacher, or another member of the community, for example, a scoutmaster, a custodian, a physician.

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION AND PERMISSIONS

Notifications of the registration process and registration packet are published in school newsletters, on the district and school websites. Communications and registration materials are available in English, Russian and Spanish. Permission for screening at K, 2nd, and 5th grades is on an opt-out basis. Parent permission is required for full testing beyond the initial screen, and for participation in EXCEL.

SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT

Students are identified for full testing either by passing the CogAT screen at 2nd and 5th grades, or through open registration in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grades. Students applying through open registration may be recommended by a parent, a teacher, or another member of the community. District assessments and classroom-based measures contribute to the screening process for students.  In conjunction with nationally standardized tests, screenings collectively indicate the appropriateness of conducting full CogAT and ITBS assessments. Nationally standardized tests are used to assess proficiency in academic achievement and ability, as well as creativity. CogAT Form 7, the ITBS Form E and Logramos (ITBS equivalent) for Spanish speaking students. Screening and full testing takes place at the student’s neighborhood school. If the student's composite score on the screen is above the 90th percentile they will take the full assessment within 30 days. Full CogAT and ITBS assessments will be administered at a separate time in the student’s home school.

SCREENING AND TESTING AT CRITICAL POINTS HELPS IDENTIFY STUDENTS AS THEY DEVELOP AS LEARNERS

Screening and testing will take place at the following points in the school year:

  • Kindergarten - Activity-based screening is completed as a part of normal instruction.

  • 2nd grade - CogAT screening, along with screenings via district assessments and classroom-based measures identify students who qualify for full test in CogAT and ITBS. All students screened. Screening evidence that indicates a need for further assessment results in continuing to the full test. Used to identify students that qualify for acceleration with full-time and part-time programming in 3rd grade.

  • 5th grade - CogAT screening, along with screenings via district assessments and classroom-based measures, provide additional information for placement in middle school coursework. All students screened. Screening evidence that indicates a need for further assessment results in continuing to the full test.

1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grades - Open registration for full testing with the CogAT and ITBS or Logramos, district assessments, classroom-based measures, and for testing to identify students needing acceleration, and for qualification for full-time and part-time programming in the year following the test.

ELIGIBILITY, SELECTION, AND PLACEMENT

Some students are not eligible for placement in full-time or part-time programs, but are accelerated in one or more academic areas. Students who are not eligible but who have scores at or above the 90th percentile in Verbal Ability and/or Quantitative Ability on the CogAT, or above the 90th percentile in Reading, Language or Math on the ITBS are considered “Target Students.” These high scores are sent to building principals and program liaisons on a “Target Students List” for differentiation in their classroom. Results automatically follow the student through grade 8. Students may register for re-testing for programming the following academic year. 

Eligibility is identified by:

  • A CogAT composite above 90% -- or
  • An ITBS composite above 95% AND CogAT Verbal or Quantitative above 90%

The Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MDSC), aligned with WAC 392-170-070, makes the final selection of the most highly capable students for the district’s Highly Capable Program.  The MDSC consists of the following representatives: 

  • A special teacher: Provided, that if a special teacher is not available, a classroom teacher shall be appointed
  • A psychologist or other qualified practitioner with the training to interpret cognitive and achievement test results
  • A certificated coordinator/administrator with responsibility for the supervision of the district's program for highly capable students
  • Such additional professionals, if any, the district deems desirable

Students who are not eligible can re-test the following year, or they can submit an appeal.   Appeals offer the opportunity for a student’s file/work to be looked at by a committee in more depth than what test scores alone can reveal. By making an appeal, extenuating circumstances can be considered.  If an appeal fails, then the student still has the option of testing again the next year. Appeals are not accepted for screen results. 

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