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Highly Capable

Mission
 
Mead School District is committed to identifying and providing for the intellectual, 
social, and emotional needs of our highly capable students in preparing them academically for college and career readiness.
 
Program Goals
 
Highly capable students will receive accelerated and enhanced learning opportunities to advance academic achievement and growth through a menu of options. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next.
 
Annual Notification
 
Annual public notification of parents and students shall be made before any major identification activity in multiple ways including our district website, highly capable 
website, and school newsletters.

Timeline of Referrals/Testing

1.     Fall  – Grades 1-12 testing new students' referrals.
2.     October - Kindergarten referrals/testing.
3.     January - February:  Referral window opens; forms available online and at school offices.
4.     March:  3rd CogAT Screener / 6th Grade Verbal CogAT
5.     April- May:  K-12 CogAT Testing
 
Appeals
 
Appeals are considered annually for students who did not meet the criteria for services provided by the district. The multidisciplinary team will examine provided evidence of high ability and need for service placement.  Parents will be notified of the appeal process and timeline in the placement notification process.
 
Retesting
 
Students may retest given the following conditions:
  1. It has been over 9 months since the student last tested, and
  2. The student is enrolled in at least one grade level higher than when they last tested.
New/Transfer Students
 
Out-of-district transfer students that have qualified in that district’s highly capable program are not automatically enrolled. Test scores and placement letters from the other district may be used as long as they meet our placement criteria. Students may need to  re-test in Mead. New students or transfer students need to be processed for identification within 3 months of enrollment.
 
 
 

Assessments & Selection Process

Grade Level Bands K - 2nd 3rd - 6th 7th - 12th
Nomination/Referral Forms Teacher/Parent Checklist Teacher/Parent Checklist Teacher/Parent Checklist
Screen Criteria
  • CogAT
  • Teacher/Parent Checklist
  • Running Records - Advanced Level
  • District assessments at grade level benchmark or, higher
  • Work Samples
  • Report Card
  • CogAT/InView
  • All 3rd graders - March CogAT screen, 85% score receives full CogAT
  • Teacher/Parent Checklist
  • District Achievement assessments at grade level benchmark or, higher
  • State testing at high levels
  • Work Samples
  • Report Card
  • Grades 7 & 8 Teacher/Parent Checklist
  • Grade 6 Verbal CogAT and grade 6 Lexile for Grade 7
  • District achievements at grade level benchmark or, higher
  • State testing at high levels
  • Work Samples
  • Report Card
Assessment (cognitive abilities)
  • *95th percentile on both CogAT sections (Q & V) or, *95 percentile Composite or,
  • Verbal/Quantitative in one area 95th Percentile
  • *95th percentile on both CogAT sections (Q & V) or, *95th percentile composite CogAT score or, 95th percentile on InView (for appeal cases only)
  • Verbal/Quantitative in one area 95th percentile
  • *95th percentile on both CogAT sections (Q & V) or 95th percentile composite CogAT score or 95th percentile on InView (for appeal cases only)
  • Verbal/Quantitative in one area 95th percentile