Highly Capable Referrals & Screening

First Grade

All 1st grade students will take the CogAT as a universal screener. This helps our district determine eligibility/placement in the highly capable program.

Grades 2-11

  • We take referrals based on data from assessments, classroom performance, and observation of the characteristics of highly capable students.

  • Parent/guardians, teachers, community members, or students themselves may nominate students for screening.

  • Before screening can occur, parents/guardians must give written permission by filling out and signing a Parent Permission Form. 

The (CogAT) Cognitive Abilities testing typically takes place during the winter.

Transfer of Military Connected Students

Our district participates in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Additionally, we honor this compact for all district students. Below are the requirements for military connected families. 

Under SEC. 5.102 of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, CKSD will review unofficial or “hand-carried” education records for placement decisions when students enroll. If an immediate CKSD placement decision is not possible, students may be granted TEMPORARY highly capable eligibility at their home school until the winter or August/September screening window. We will strive to offer services as space allows. In most cases, no placement testing is required.  If testing is needed options for accommodating families will be communicated. Services/program placement will be determined based on available data and information from families. Families planning a transfer to our district should contact us as early as possible to ensure a smooth transition for the student:

Lara Richardson (Grades K-5) at 360-662-1729 or [email protected]
Erin Johnson (Grades 6-12) at 360-662-1735 or [email protected]