2017-18 Eligibility Process Analysis

March 10, 2023

Elementary Advanced Program services at four elementary schools to support student enrollment growth and provide neighborhood service delivery

In response to an increase in enrollment due to construction infill and program growth, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, the Northshore School District plans to provide highly capable services to students at Frank Love, Arrowhead, East Ridge and Westhill in grades 2 and 3 while continuing to provide legacy students services in their current locations (Lockwood, Moorlands, Sunrise, and Canyon Creek respectively) for highly capable services in grades 4 and 5. The following year (2024-2025), the programs will grow their services by one year until they provide services in grades 2 through 5 for all their neighborhood students. 

We will provide professional development for staff at our new locations as well as support throughout the school year as they work to begin EAP services for students. We are excited to be able to work to serve more of our students at their neighborhood schools. 

Transportation will continue for students through grade 5. Younger siblings, however, whether receiving services or not, will need to enter their neighborhood school unless they go through the District waiver process and provide their own transportation. 

Families of newly qualified students entering in grades 4 and 5 who qualify for highly capable services will need to decide if they would like services delivered in their neighborhood school in a general education setting or in an Elementary Advanced Program (EAP) setting. Service delivery may differ depending on the site. 

Families who may have students in both settings (a second grader and a fourth grader) and both qualify for highly capable services may apply for a waiver into the EAP school where the fourth grader attends. The waiver will be approved on a space available basis with our student services department. 

2017-18 Eligibility Process Analysis

As the Highly Capable Program continues its mission of creating an equitable identification process, we produced an analysis of our 2017-18 eligibility process. This report was presented to the Northshore School Board at the September 24, 2018 meeting. Highlights of the data include:

  • 15,000 students were administered a screener.
  • 26% moved on from the screener to take a series of three assessments.
  • 29% of our qualifying students were a member of at least one special population (ELL, low income, special education, or 504 plan).
  • Male and female students were identified at equal rates.
  • 2,300 students are currently enrolled in our Highly Capable Program. This a 20% increase in overall enrollment from last year, and nearly triple the amount of students from four years ago.

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Recommendations for Next Year

Invest in Infrastructure

Last year's Highly Capable eligibility process involved the coordination of dozens of Northshore staff members, three different test centers, and thousands of students. This results in hundreds of thousands of data points coming in from a multitude of sources. This year we plan to develop a centralized database that can effectively organize our information.

Incorporate an Additional Screener

The population of students who passed the NNAT3 screener does not adequately reflect Northshore's student population. We are committed to having an equitable process that gives all students a chance to participate in High Capable assessments. Because of this, we will incorporate an additional screener that will ideally pull in more students from underrepresented groups.

Develop an Inclusive Definition of Creativity

We have not seen enough evidence to support the view that the TTCT is an effective measure of all types of creativity. Creative problem-solving can be demonstrated in domains like music, storytelling, athletics, and leadership. However, all the tasks in the TTCT involve drawing as many "unique" figures as possible. We would prefer to incorporate a measure that can recognize all the possible ways a student can be creative.

Enhance Outreach

One of the High Capable Program's challenges this year was providing parents and schools with information regarding upcoming screener dates, test dates, and eligibility results. Because the eligibility process took place over just a few months, and because most of the program's communication was via email, the department was sending out a massive amount of emails per day. This year, we are redesigning the program website so that it answers the questions most commonly posed by parents, schools, and community members. We would also like to explore alternative methods of mass-sharing information with families, such as text messages and providing schools with information packets in multiple languages.

September 30, 2020

In Spring of 2020, the HiCap Department conducted a survey of parent satisfaction regarding the screening and assessment process and the delivery of HiCap services to students. The link below will take you to the results of this survey.

2020 Spring Parent Satisfaction Survey