There is no appeal process for universal screening. The appeal process exists for appeals of final eligibility only. Universal screening is one data point within the collection of HiCap portfolio data, and does not determine final eligibility on its own.
The Northshore School District, in compliance with the Washington State rules for Highly Capable Programs (WAC 392-170-076), has an appeals process. If you do not agree with the final eligibility decision and you wish to appeal, you will be asked to submit a detailed written explanation regarding why an appeal is being filed. Appeals are reviewed and considered by the district-level Multidisciplinary Selection Team (MST). The MST is chaired by the Director of Intervention Programs. The MST’s final decision will be sent by mail to the person submitting the appeal.
Evaluations from outside agencies and/or medical professionals (e.g. private testing) will not be accepted as evidence. Parents should not ask Northshore teachers for letters of recommendations or other documents as the Highly Capable Department has access to your student’s Northshore data.
Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
- During the testing window, there was an extraordinary circumstance (e.g. a death in the family, an illness that prevented your student from completing the test during administration, or a traumatic event) that may have affected the validity of the test results.
- The birthdate or grade level listed on your student’s results notification is incorrect.
- Your student has a 504 Plan or an IEP that has test accommodations and these accommodations were not provided during Highly Capable Testing.
- A misapplication or a score that may have been miscalculated or overlooked.
If you would like to submit an appeal, please complete the Highly Capable Eligibility Process Appeal Form. The deadline for submitting appeals can be found on the letter you received from the department and on the Appeal form.
If your student was not offered placement in the Highly Capable program after screening and assessment, but their assessment issues do not fit the criteria above for appeal, you may fill out the Portfolio Review form and request a review of your student's data. Please visit the Portfolio Review page for more information on Portfolio Reviews.