Referral Process

Kindergarten: 
If you would like to refer a student in Kindergarten for entrance into the Highly Capable program, for the 2018-2019 school year, please submit a referral form to the student's school office or to the Office of Learning Support Programs, by October 31st. The referral may be initiated by parents, teachers, other staff  or community member. However, referral forms will require parent consent for any student to be considered for the screening process.
Initial Referral:  The process includes CoGAT screener, a review of each student's portfolio, possible additional testing, and a ranking system guided by a number of fundamental assessments. As a result, the final decisions may be made following a comprehensive process by November 30th.  Referrals are only accepted once a year during our testing window.  If a referral is received after the deadline, it will be added to the testing window for the following school year.

Grade 2: There is no need to refer a student in grade 2 for the Highly Capable Program. All students are screened and considered. This process begins in January with administration of the CogAT.
 
Grades 1 and 3-11: If you would like to refer a student in grades 1 and/or 3-11 for entrance into the Highly Capable program for the '19-20 school year, please submit a referral form to the student's school office or to the Office of Learning Support Programs, by January 4th, 2019.  The referral may be initiated by parent, teacher or community member. A referral form will be required for any student to be considered for the identification process. The process includes a review of each student's portfolio, possible additional testing, and a ranking system guided by a number of fundamental assessments.

Testing is provided at no cost for students who attend school in the North Kitsap School District.  Private school students are not eligible to test.  A student moving into the district must be enrolled prior to testing. 

Forms 1st & 3rd-11th:

 
 *Parent Permission to screen is mandatory. 
Highly Capable Referral Form Grades 1, 3 - 11 (Spanish)

 
Highly Capable Teacher Referral Form- Must be filled out after Highly Capable Referral Form.
 
Current Student Learning Plan Supported Students: 
For students currently being served through an Highly Capable Student Learning Plan within their neighborhood school, if you would like to refer an identified student for the "Self Contained" elementary, please send the completed referral form to the school's office or directly to the Student Support Center office by January 4th.

* For fifth graders currently served on a Highly Capable Student Learning Plan, there is a continuation of services in the middle school AGATE program.   
  
 
Current SELF-CONTAINED ELEMENTARY or MIDDLE SCHOOL BLOCK STUDENTS: 
For students currently enrolled at the SELF-CONTAINED ELEMENTARY program or the MIDDLE SCHOOL AGATE classes, a new referral form is not needed if the intent is to continue in the program for the following year. 
 
Exceptions for all grades may be made for students who missed the referral window depending on the reason, for example moving into the area, or their parent's service in the military.

MDT (Counselor/Learning Specialist, Psychologist, Program Coordinator, Classroom teacher(s), and/or building administrator) reviews all available information to make recommendations for eligibility and placement.  Each individual student is reviewed holistically to determine recommendations based on NKSD’s eligibility criteria. Decisions are made using a consensus model.
 
 

NKSD’s Eligibility Criteria for Highly Capable Services Ideal candidate

Highly Capable Identification may include:
 
COGAT: Cognitive Aptitude Test. Verbal or Quantitative CogAT scores 125  and above, with consideration for margin of error (or comparable WISC scores).

HOPE Scale: The scale completed by each student's teacher.
Teacher Consultation form, if necessary,  documenting eligibility for highly capable services.

STAR:
 Academic Achievement Testing. Achievement 95-99th percentile in reading OR math on STAR.

State Assessments: Smarter Balanced ELA, Math.
Smarter Balanced Level 4 scores in Reading and Math state assessment (for placement in 4th-12th grade).

Evidence of Highly Capable Characteristics on Teacher and Parent
Rating Scales.


Norm Referenced Assessments:
ELPA 21: Used to track progress in learning English as a second language.
 
      Professional judgment may include consideration of capabilities compared with peers.
 
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