Students who meet or exceed the screening threshold are invited to continue to assessment. During assessment, the department may administer additional tests to your student. The Highly Capable Department uses trained proctors to administer the assessment test(s) during the school day at the student’s current school site.
In most cases, the Highly Capable Department administers the Iowa Assessments in Math and Reading (IOWA), which is a standardized measure of academic achievement. Students are administered the IOWA at one grade level above their current grade. If a student is already qualified in a single subject area, they will only take the IOWA in the area that they are not qualified in. (In other words, if your student is already receiving Highly Capable services in reading, they will only take the math portion of the IOWA.)
Students who meet the eligibility criteria on one or both assessments will receive an offer of Highly Capable Services.
A brief overview of the Iowa Assessments is available on our Instruments page: Instruments.
What assessments will my student take?
Our department administers the Iowa Assessments (IOWA) to collect additional achievement data on students. However, we recognize that our students' time is valuable, and strive to eliminate unnecessary testing when possible.
Students with exemplary performance on the most recent Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) may be exempt from one or both Iowa Assessments. For example, a student who scores in the 95th percentile on the Math portion of the SBA will not need to take the Iowa Assessment in Math.
On a related note, students with existing Highly Capable qualifications do not need to re-test in order to maintain that qualification.
What criteria are needed in order for students to qualify?
Our team analyzes a variety of data and considers multiple data points in identifying students for Highly Capable qualification. In addition, we consult OSPI and WAC 392-170-055. To see the assessment sources used by grade level, refer to the section below. Please note, Northshore School District does not implement a quota for any program, including Highly Capable eligibility. All students, regardless of race, economic status, first language, etc. will be offered eligibility based on student’s scores or portfolio. If you have additional questions, please contact the Director of Accelerated Models and Programs: Amity Butler at email@example.com.
In order to qualify for Highly Capable Services, second and third graders need to meet the following criteria or qualify under the WAC 392-170-055:
- 95th percentile or higher on one or more content areas of the IOWA
In order to qualify for Highly Capable services, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh graders need to meet at least one of the following criteria or qualify under the WAC 392-170-055:
- 95th percentile or higher on the SBA
- 95th percentile or higher on the IOWA
In order to qualify for Highly Capable Services, students in eighth grade and beyond need to meet at least one of the following criteria or qualify under the WAC 392-170-055:
- 95th percentile or higher on the SBA
As part of our testing procedure for all Highly Capable testing, proctors will explain the structure of the tests to your student. If your student asks, you can say that the tests will be multiple-choice and administered on a computer. Telling your student specific details about the test, such as the number of items or the number of options per question, is unlikely to be helpful.
When talking about testing with your student, keep your tone calm and positive. Encourage your student to listen closely to the proctor's directions. Remind them that your only expectation is that they do their best. After your student finishes a test, remind them that you're proud of them for challenging themselves: praise the effort, not the score.