Highly Capable Eligibility Criteria and Exit Process Page
Renton School District uses multiple measures to identify students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. These measures include cognitive ability tests, achievement tests taken at school, and teacher observation.
We evaluate all referred students in the same way. We begin by looking at a student’s most recent cognitive assessment, reading and math data. We do not have a specific score or “magic number” that we use to identify students as Highly Capable. When we review a student's data we compare theirs to all other students in their grade, which is different every year and for every grade level. The assessment data used for identification is the same for all students in a grade level. However, the assessments can vary from grade level to grade level.
We use the most objective data available for all students to determine their current ability and future potential in academic subjects. These include: the Cognitive Abilities Test Screener version 7 (CogAT), state tests for reading and math in grade 4 – 9, and reading and math tests taken at school (e.g., WaKIDS for K, Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) for reading, STAR Math, Smarter Balanced Assessments, PSAT).
To identify the most highly capable students we create a formula based on a combination of data from a student’s cognitive assessment, reading assessments and math assessments. We review students in comparison to their grade levels peers. The formula is created using scores from local reading and math data from ALL students in the district by grade level; and cognitive scores based on national averages. By using multiple data points in creating the formula, we ensure that no single score either identifies or eliminates a student from consideration. Generally speaking, the students identified for Highly Capable services in Renton score in the top 1 - 15% across the district, not just at their school.
The exit process may be initiated for students who no longer demonstrate a need for highly capable program services. A request may be made by a teacher or program administrator for highly capable student identification and placement discontinuation. The Multi-Disciplinary Selection Committee will convene a meeting to review the student’s profile to determine if the student qualifies for program services based on assessment data and selection criteria. The multi-disciplinary selection committee may request additional evidence of student capabilities and/or willingness to participate in the program. If the committee determines that the student no longer qualifies for highly capable program services, it may be recommended that the student be exited from the program. The parent will be notified in writing of the meeting, the committee’s decision, and the appeal process.
A parent/legal guardian may request that the student be withdrawn from the program or a student may voluntarily withdraw from the program. A meeting will be convened by the Highly Capable Program Director to discuss the request. If the parent/legal guardian desires to withdraw the student from the program, the student will be exited from the program.
The Renton School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.