Assessment

Over the next few weeks, the Highly Capable Program will be notifying parents and schools of the results from the 2018-2019 screening process.

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

Assessment is the second step of the Highly Capable Eligibility Process. Students moving to assessment are those who have met or exceeded the screening threshold(s) set by the district.

Parent permission is required in order for a student to proceed to assessment. Parents of students moving on to assessment are notified directly from the Highly Capable Department. This notification includes directions on how to provide permission. Upon completion of the process, parents will receive an e-mail that confirms our receipt of their permission.

When and Where
The Highly Capable Department uses trained proctors to administer the assessment test(s) during the school day at the student’s current school site. For the 2018-2019 assessments, testing will begin in mid-January 2019.

Within each school, building administrators will partner with the Highly Capable Department to identify their dates of assessment. As each school finalizes their dates, this information will be posted on the HiCap website. 

Assessment Tool
In most cases, the Highly Capable Department administers the Iowa Assessments in Math and Reading (IOWA), which is a standardized measure of academic achievement. Students are administered the IOWA at one grade level above their current grade. If a student is already qualified in a single subject area, they will only take the IOWA in the area that they are not qualified in. (In other words, if your student is already receiving Highly Capable services in Reading, they will only take the IOWA in Math.)

The Highly Capable Department is transitioning to the online version of the IOWA. A brief overview of the Iowa Assessments is currently available on our "Instruments" page