New to Northshore

If your student enrolled in Northshore School District and contacted the Highly Capable Department between August 11th, 2018 and November 30, 2018, you may email a portfolio application to the Highly Capable Program at hicap@nsd.org. Admission to the Highly Capable Program may be granted following a comprehensive portfolio review.

Students who enrolled prior to August 11th had the opportunity to participate in a portfolio review and testing over the summer. A summary of the evaluation process can be found at this link: New to Northshore (Enrolling prior to August 11, 2018).

What items should I submit for a portfolio review? 

Kindergarten

None. All kindergarten students will participate in Highly Capable screening within the first few months of starting school.

Grades 1-3

  1. Report card from previous year.
  2. Results of standardized assessments given by your child's previous district (STAR, IRR, etc).
  3. Results of previous Highly Capable tests (e.g. NNAT3, CogAT, TTCT, IOWA).

Grades 4+

  1. Report card from previous year. 
  2. State testing results (e.g. Smarter Balanced). 
  3. Results of standardized assessments given by your child's previous district (STAR, IRR, etc). 
  4. Results of previous Highly Capable tests (e.g. NNAT3, CogAT, TTCT, IOWA). 

What if I don't have the required documentation?

●    If your child's school does not provide report cards, please submit a letter from their previous school (on the school's letterhead) indicating that the school does not issue report cards.
●    If your child did not participate in state testing, please submit a letter from their previous school (on the school's letterhead) indicating that your child did not participate in state testing.
●    If your child did not participate in Highly Capable testing last year, please submit a letter from your prior district's Highly Capable Program (on the district's letterhead) indicating that your child did not participate in Highly Capable testing.

How will you decide if my child is eligible for the Highly Capable Program? 

A district team convenes to review submitted portfolio materials, applying Northshore’s eligibility criteria. The criteria applied are the same standards used in our 2017-18 eligibility process. When reviewing each application, the district team looks for evidence of high cognitive potential and high academic ability. Students with a portfolio of comparable assessment data will be offered Highly Capable qualification. 

Can I submit the results of private testing? 

No. We will only accept tests that were administered by a public or private school. Tests administered by outside agencies will not be accepted.

Why isn't the Highly Capable Department administering tests to this group of students? 

As part of Northshore’s ongoing commitment to equity in assessment, we want to ensure that all students are held to similar standards for HiCap qualification. For HiCap testing, we administer the IOWA Assessments at one grade above the student's current grade level. This gives us an indicator of the student's potential to complete advanced academic work. In order for this interpretation of IOWA scores to be valid, we need to administer all the IOWA tests within a relatively short time frame. If a student takes the IOWA much later than his/her same-grade peers, it will be difficult to make the same conclusions about his results. 

If a student is offered Highly Capable designation after a portfolio review, do they need to participate in further testing to keep their designation? 

This depends on grade level. For current Grades 2-12 students, once a student has received a Highly Capable designation in reading and/or math, that designation will follow them throughout their K-12 career. All Northshore students in Grade 1 are re-assessed at the end of first grade. This reassessment may or may not result in continued HiCap qualification.

All students in HiCap programs are expected to maintain good academic standing in order to remain in the program. Our Exiting the Program page has additional information on how we monitor student progress: Exiting the Program.