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Riverview School District Program for Highly Capable Students

 

Identification Procedures for Highly Capable Services

COVID-19 Revisions to Identification and Qualification Procedures

Due to Covid-19, Procedure 2050-1 has been adjusted for equitable identification of students for Highly Capable services, including PAT placement.

Our timeline will be later this year as we explore options for screening and assessing students. Please continue to monitor this webpage, as well as your school newsletters, for updates.

UPDATE:

Initial Screening for Highly Capable indentification will occur in April and May. Please see "Nomination Process" below for information about the nomination and screening process. All first graders will be screened and do not need to informational letter they received, or accessible below. Families of remote students will receive further information about the screening process for remote students.

Students in grades 2-11 may be nominated for identification for Highly Capable services. Nomination forms, accessible below, must be submitted by April 9, 2021.

2020-2021 Highly Capable Forms

Please continue to monitor this site for updates about the identification procedure, which will be adjusted this year because of COVID-19.

Additional Information Regarding Highly Capable Services

 

Nomination Process
The Nomination Process is the first step in the process of identification, qualification, and identification of students to receive Highly Capable services.

All kindergarten and grade one students are automatically screened for services based on district assessments.

All first grade students will be screened by the District for possible identification to receive PAT services in the following year (second grade).  Parents may choose to exclude their student from screening for PAT services by completing an Opt-Out form.

Students in Grades 2-11 may be nominated by individuals (including students, staff, parents, guardians, and community members) for Highly Capable services for the following year.

The District's nomination procedure for determining students for Highly Capable services may include screening procedures as allowed under the state statute.

Individuals making a nomination must use the District provided nomination form. The following exceptions will apply:

    1. Nominations for first grade students will not be accepted as screening and testing will occur mid-year. There is no need to nominate, as all first grade students will be screened for additional assessments.
    2. Nominations for students new to the district who enroll after September 15 will be accepted for ten (10) school days from the enrollment date.  Students new to the district enrolling after the Highly Capable testing window who meet screening criteria will be assessed no later than March 15.
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Identification Process

Kindergarten and First Grade students are identified through district administered assessment tools and are served through differentiated instruction within the classroom or grade level. 

The Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Screener is administered to all First Grade students. Information gained from the screener, combined with other assessment information, will determine the students who will move on to further assessments. 

Students who do move on will be given the full Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Renzulli Behavioral Scales. All of the information gained through the screening and assessment processes will be used to determine eligibility for PAT services. There is no need to refer First Grade students, as all students will be screened.

In grades 2-12, students, parents, guardians, teachers, and community members can refer students for PAT (elementary) or Highly Capable (secondary) services for the following year within the referral timeline. 

A Teacher Rating Scale (Renzulli Behavioral Scales) may also be given to teacher(s) of nominated students.  Data will be collected from the Learning Characteristics, Motivation Characteristics, Planning Characteristics, Mathematics Characteristics and/or Reading Characteristics sections.

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Qualification for Highly Capable Continuum of Services

Students are screened for services in Grades K and 1 through district assessments, which qualifies them for services at these grade levels. In Grade 1, all students are screened using district assessments and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener in their classrooms. Data from the district assessments and CogAT screener will be used to determine students who be further assessed with the full CogAT assessment tool and the Renzulli Behavioral Scales to determine qualification for Highly Capable services. 

Once students are identified for Highly Capable services in Grade 2, they remain Highly Capable identified through Grade 12 unless they are exited from the program. Students who move into the district can be nominated for Highly Capable services (within 10 days of enrollment). At that point, records will be reviewed to determine need for additional assessment(s) and/or Highly Capable services. If the 10 day timeline requirement is not met, students can be nominated the following year.

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Highly Capable Services Identification

The Riverview School District utilizes a multidisciplinary team, as defined by WAC 392-170-170, to review assessment data/results, approve identification of students for services, and review appeals. The multidisciplinary team follows the guidelines as set forth by WAC 392-170 in considering multiple assessment measures and learning needs of students to get as complete a profile as possible in determining identification and placement of students for services.

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Appeal Process

The Riverview School District, in compliance with WAC 392-170-176, has an appeal process. An appeal of the identification decision may be filed when based on the one of the following criteria:

    • A condition or circumstance believed to have caused a misinterpretation of the testing results (ex: an incorrect birthdate or grade level used in calculating an assessment score).
    • An extraordinary circumstance occurred during the testing period that may negatively affect the validity of the test results (ex: death in the family or extreme physical ailment). This must be communicated to the PAT Program Assistant in writing within two weeks of the end of the district assessment window.
    • Suspicion of an error in the administration of the assessment.
    • A misapplication or miscalculation of scores by the multidisciplinary identification committee.
    • Appeals submitted for reasons other than above will be denied without further consideration and outside assessment will not be considered.

The identification Decision Appeal Form must be used to file an appeal. Forms can be requested from the PAT Program Assistant. The form must be completed and returned to the PAT Program Assistant within ten (10) work days following the notification of score results.

All appeals with go before a multidisciplinary review team and the notification of the appeal decision will be made by mail. The purpose of the appeal process is to consider individual circumstances based on the criteria in the bulleted areas above, that may have impacted an individual's assessment results. The decision of the review team is final. 

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Exit Procedures 

The Riverview School District recognizes the need for both entry and exit criteria in providing a continuum of services highly capable students.  As such, the district has established the following exit procedures, in compliance with WAC 392-170-047.

 

Highly Capable Services Identification Process Timeline

 

DATE

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

April-May

Highly Capable Nominations Accepted

School Secretaries or
Educational Service Center (ESC)

April-May

Screening Assessments Administered and/or Assessed

Elementary Schools

May-June

Testing for those who meet Screening Criteria

Elementary Schools

Prior to the end of school year

HiCap/PAT Notifications Mailed

 

Date TBD

Parent/Guardian Program Acceptance Deadline Notification to PAT Program

School Secretaries or
Educational Service Center (ESC)

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HiCap Forms:

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Riverview School District Highly Capable Identification Process and Continuum of Services K-5



Elementary School-Grades K and 1 - Differentiation

Grade

Eligibility/Identification Assessment

Services/Program Delivery Options

K

Renzulli Scales, District assessments

  • Differentiated instruction in classroom; may include acceleration and/or student groupings at grade band.

1

Renzulli Scales, District assessments

  • Differentiated instruction in classroom; may include acceleration and/or student groupings at grade band.

Elementary School - Grade 2 - PAT

Grade

Eligibility/Identification Assessment

Services/Program Delivery Options

 

2

  • All first grade students will be given the Cognitive Abilities screener.
  • CogAT and Renzulli assessments for students who score highly (typically the top 2 percent) on the CogAT screener and district assessments.
  • Information from district assessments, CogAT screener, CogAT assessment and Renzulli Scales is used to determine eligibility and identification.
  • Building Based PAT services at grade level in ELA and/or Math; differentiated instruction in classroom; may include acceleration and/or student groupings at grade band.
  • Full Day program for grades 2/3 and 4/5 housed at Carnation Elementary

Elementary School - Grades 3, 4, 5 - PAT

Grade

Eligibility/Identification Assessment

Services/Program Delivery Options

 

3-5

  • District assessments
  • CogAT screener
  • CogAT and Renzulli Scales assessments for students who qualify on district assessments and CogAT screener.
  • Building Based PAT services at grade level in ELA and/or Math; differentiated instruction in classroom; may include acceleration and/or student groupings at grade band.
  • Full Day program for grades 2/3 and 4/5 housed at Carnation Elementary

Middle School - Grades 6-8 - Course Offerings

Grade

Eligibility/Identification Assessment

Services/Program Delivery Options

6-8

  • District assessments
  • Smarter Balanced
  • Renzulli Behavior Scales
  • Honors or Advanced classes in Math or ELA

 

High School - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - Course Offerings

Grade

Eligibility/Identification Assessment

Services/Program Delivery Options

9-12

  • District assessments
  • Smarter Balanced
  • Renzulli Behavior Scales
  • Honors or Advanced Placement classes in Math or ELA
  • Independent Study/Online Coursework

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For additional information, please contact:

Timelines, processes, general information:

Kristin Edlund, Assistant Director, Teaching & Learning
edlundk@rsd407.org | Phone: 425-844-4546

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