Highly Capable Eligibility

We follow state law and guidelines to determine if your child is eligible for highly capable services. Our screening and referral process is designed to find students who qualify for highly capable services. Your child may be gifted in one or many areas.

We look at a variety of information, including a rating form from you and your child’s teachers. 

We look at achievement scores on:

We also look at results from aptitude tests:

  • Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT), which measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in verbal, quantitative and nonverbal areas
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), which measures a variety of cognitive abilities 

Eligibility Criteria

Your child is an ideal candidate for highly capable services if he/she:

  • Scores 124 or higher on the Cognitive Ability Test’s quantitative and/or verbal sections as well as non-verbal (or comparable WISC scores)
  • Is in the 94th to 99th percentile for achievement in reading or math
  • Achieves high level 4 scores in reading and math on state Smarter Balanced Assessments (for services in fourth through 12th grades)
  • Shows evidence of highly capable characteristics on teacher and parent rating scales

Your child is an ideal candidate for the Venture or Magnet program if he/she:

  • Scores 130 or higher on the Cognitive Ability Test’s quantitative and verbal sections as well as non-verbal (or comparable WISC scores)
  • Is in the 96th to 99th percentile for achievement in reading or math
  • Achieves upper half (high) level 4 scores in reading and math on state Smarter Balanced Assessments (for services in fourth through 12th grades)
  • Shows evidence of highly capable characteristics on teacher and parent rating scales

How Eligibility Decisions Are Made

A district-level team also looks at students. The district team includes:

  • A school psychologist or other person qualified to interpret cognitive and achievement tests
  • A teacher with special training in highly capable education
  • A certified coordinator or administrator
  • Other professionals, such as a learning specialists, counselors, classroom teachers and school coordinators

The district team looks at each student’s information. Team members discuss each student. They record their observations. They come to a consensus about a student’s eligibility for highly capable services. They also recommend what program is right for a student.

Placement Decisions

You and your child’s teacher will receive a summary of test results. You’ll also receive the district team’s eligibility and program placement decisions. 

If you or a school team does not agree with the eligibility or placement decision, you can appeal.

Students will remain eligible for highly capable services through 12th grade unless they are exited from the program. We review services and placement periodically to ensure that the services are appropriate.