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.