Eligibility & Testing

Students are identified for Highly Capable services in a two step process.

Step 1: Universal Screening
A screening tool is typically brief, conducted with all students at a grade level to create a holistic picture of each student. We use the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3), which is administered online by classroom teachers. The Naglieri is a cognitive measure of potential, and is culturally and linguistically accessible by diverse populations.

Screening is conducted at your student's school, during the school day. If your student meets the screening threshold (85th percentile), you will be contacted by the Highly Capable Department for permission to move to the next step, assessment.

Step 2: Assessment
Per Washington state law, parent permission is required to assess a student. If approved by their guardian, students will who meet the screening threshold will be assessed for Highly Capable services. We use the following assessment tools:

  • ITBS (measures academic achievement)
  • Torrance (measures creative achievement) 

New to Northshore?

Students Seeking Highly Capable Designation:
All students new to Northshore will be screened. Screening is conducted by appointment April – August. Students meeting or exceeding the 85th percentile on the NNAT3 will move on to assessment, with parental permission. Instructions on how to make a screening appointment will be given to you when you enroll your student.

Students Previously in a Highly Capable Program:
The eligibility process for students with a current Highly Capable designation from a previous school district involves a comprehensive file review and data analysis. Northshore School District requires comparable assessment data. Documentation may include:

  • CogAT or Naglieri (NNAT) (cognitive)
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) (academic)
  • Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) (creativity)
  • Washington State Testing – Smarter Balanced
  • District Assessments (IRR, report cards, STAR, etc.)

Instructions on how to submit documentation will be given to you when you enroll your student.