Eligibility and Testing

Highly Capable screening for the 2018-2019 year is complete, and testing is now underway at several elementary schools. 

To protect your student's privacy, we will only provide results to email addresses that are on file within Synergy, our student information system. If you need to update your contact information, you may do this by contacting your child's school or online via ParentVUE. Please add hicap@nsd.org to your email contact list so that you do not miss any communication from our department. 

Tentative Timeline

November 19 – December 18, 2018


Screening at each grade level consists of at least two data points. The thresholds required in order to move to assessment will be communicated after analysis of student data. Students meeting or exceeding at least one data point threshold will move on to assessment. 

Does everyone participate in screening? No. If a student has a single content area (i.e. reading or math) or dual content area qualification, they will not participate in screening. Students with single content area qualifications will move straight to assessment in January. All first graders, including those with Holistic designations, will take the NNAT3.

How do I know if my child is moving on to assessment? When we have finished screening all of our students, we will send out email notifications to all students who either participated in screening or already have a HiCap designation in Reading or Math. The email will tell you how your child performed on the screener and whether they will be scheduled for follow-up testing.

Do I need to register my child for this screener?  No. All K-8 students without a Highly Capable designation in reading or math will participate in screening. First grade students, including those with Holistic designations, will participate in screening. 

January 2 – February 28, 2019


Assessments are administered by trained Highly Capable proctors. The type of assessment used is dependent on grade level.

Do students with HiCap designations participate in assessment? Students with single content area qualifications will only need to take the assessment in the area that they are not qualified in - in other words, a student who is already qualified in reading will only take the math assessment for their grade. Students with dual qualifications will not participate in the eligibility process. 

If my student passes the screener, are they automatically scheduled for assessment? No. Per WAC 392-170-047, we must obtain written parental consent prior to conducting Highly Capable assessments. After all grades have been screened, instructions for providing written consent will be shared with families of eligible students. Score notifications will be sent to the parent email addresses that the district has on file.

March 4 - 8, 2019


The district level Multidisciplinary Selection Team will convene to analyze collected data, determine eligibility thresholds, and apply thresholds for qualification to all participating students. 

March 11 - 15, 2019


Parents will be notified of their student’s Highly Capable qualification status. Families will have two weeks to accept services and/or file an appeal. 

March 16 - 26, 2019

Appeal Submission

The district-level Multidisciplinary Selection Team will reconvene to review submitted appeals, and communicate the final eligibility decision to family.

March 29 - April 5, 2019

School Communication

The Highly Capable Department will provide Highly Capable qualification results to building administrators and school counselors.