Eligibility & Testing

The 2018-2019 Highly Capable Program Plan is currently undergoing its yearly review process. When the new eligibility process has been approved by our school board, information on eligibility and testing will be available here. Thank you for your patience!

While you wait, this would be a great time to make sure your contact information is up to date. You can do this online through ParentVUE or by contacting the main office at your child's school.

Step 1: Universal Screening
A screener is conducted with all students within a grade level to create a holistic picture of each student. In 2017-2018, Northshore administered the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3), a cognitive ability test that is culturally and linguistically accessible.

Screening is conducted at your student's school, during the school day. Students who pass the screener may move on to assessment. 

Step 2: Parental Notification
Per Washington state law, parent permission is required to assess a student. If your student passes the initial screener, we will need your written consent prior to scheduling assessments.

Step 3: Assessment
If parent permission is received, students will who meet the screening threshold will be assessed for Highly Capable services. In 2017-2018, the Highly Capable program administered three assessments (the Iowa Assessments in Math and Reading, and the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking). In addition to Highly Capable assessments, we examine available local data (for instance, Smarter Balanced Assessments scores).

Step 4: Parental Notification
After assessment data has been reviewed, parents will receive a score report from the Highly Capable Program. If a student has met the criteria for a new qualification, written parent permission must be obtained prior to changing the student's designation. The score report will contain instructions for how to provide consent.