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Highly Capable


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.


Definition WAC 392-170-035


Students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes ( )  according to chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW.


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 for any major identification window shall be made in multiple ways including our district website, district publication Mead Matters, and school newsletters. 


Timeline of Referrals/Testing

  1. Fall: Grades 1-12 new to district students referred for testing
  2. October: Kindergarten referrals    
  3. November/December: Kindergarten testing
  4. January - February:  Referral window opens; forms available online and at school offices
  5. March:  2nd grade CogAT Screener / 6th Grade Verbal CogAT
  6. March - May:  K-12 CogAT Testing

Appeals will be considered 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.

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 with former Highly Capable designation need to be reevaluated for identification within 3 months of enrollment.

Nomination/Permission Form for Highly Capable Evaluation:
Please complete the online form below.  
Paper Version (Download)

Assessments & Selection Process

Grade Level Bands K - 6 7 - 12
Nomination / Referral Forms Teacher/Parent Referral Form Teacher/Parent Referral Form
Evaluation / Assessment
  • Teacher/Parent Referral Form
  • District achievement assessments at grade level benchmark or, higher
  • Work Samples
  • Report Card
  • CogAT  Screener - all 2nd graders in March  Full CogAT administered to all referred K-6th as well as those 2nd graders who scored high on the screener 
  • Eligibility - at or above *90th% on the CogAT sections (V, Q, and/or NV)

  • Teacher/Parent Referral Form
  • District achievement assessments at grade level benchmark or, higher
  • State testing at high levels
  • Work Samples
  • Report Card
  • All 6th graders Verbal CogAT Screening
  • Full CogAT administered to all referred 7th-12th grades
  • Eligibility - at or above *90th% on the CogAT sections (V, Q, and/or NV)