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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.




Mead's definition of Highly Capable is 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.

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 student referral testing
  2. October - Kindergarten referrals    
  3. November/December - Kindergarten testing
  4. January - February:  Referral window opens; forms available online and at school offices
  5. February/March:  2nd & 3rd 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 either the online version or a paper version of the forms below for each child being nominated)
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 (All 2nd & 3rd graders - March CogAT percentile score receives full CogAT)
  • 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
  • Eligibility - at or above *90th% on the CogAT sections (V, Q, and/or NV)