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    Advanced Learning Eligibility Results

    The eligibility decision process is conducted by the Advanced Learning Office’s Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MSC). The process of determining if a student is eligible for Advanced Learning Programs or Highly Capable Services cannot begin until all required information has been collected for the student.


    What are the eligibility criteria?

    The MSC uses very clear criteria for determining a child’s eligibility for Advanced Learning Programs and Services. You can use the following eligibility chart below to assist you in understanding the decision process.

    If your student consistently scores high on achievement tests and seems eager for more academic challenges, you may wish to apply for Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning programs.​


    Eligibility Criteria

    View the Advanced Learning Eligibility Criteria in a chart format here or scroll down to view eligibility criteria.

    All candidates must go through the SPS testing process. We adhere strictly to the established timelines and eligibility criteria without exception in order to provide equal access to over 5,000 candidates who are referred annually. Private testing is considered only in support of an appeal of an eligibility decision and is not considered in lieu of the SPS initial eligibility process.


    Eligibility Category: Highly Capable (K-8)

    Grade when Evaluated: K-8

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): 98th - 99th percentile on 2 of 7 CogAT scores

    Reading & Math Achievement: 95th percentile or more in both reading & math on SPS administered assessments

    Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

    Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

    Enrollment Options:

    • Highly Capable Cohort (Grades 1*-8)
    • Advanced Learners (Grades 1-8)
    • General Education (ALO) or Options Programs

    Eligibility Category: Highly Capable (9-12)

    Grade when Evaluated: 9-12

    • Portfolio Assessment including essay
    • Nationally Normed Assessments, if available (PSAT, SAT, ACT)

    Reading & Math Achievement: 95th percentile or more in both reading & math (district administered assessments)

    Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

    Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

    Enrollment Options:

    • Highly Capable Cohort (Grades 9-12)**
    • IBX (Grades 9-11)
    • IB/AP
    • General Education

    Eligibility Category: Advanced Learners (K-2)

    Grade when Evaluated: K-2

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): 87th percentile on CogAT screening form score

    Reading & Math Achievement: 87th percentile or more in reading & math (SPS Administered assessments)

    Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

    Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

    Enrollment Options:

    • Advanced Learners (Grades 1-8)
    • General Education (ALO) (Grades 1-8) or Options Programs

    Eligibility Category: Advanced Learners (3-7)

    Grade when Evaluated: 3-7

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): 87th percentile on 2 of 7 CogAT scores

    Reading & Math Achievement: 87th percentile or more in both reading & math (SPS administered assessments)

    Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

    Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

    Enrollment Options:

    • Advanced Learners (Grades 1-8)
    • General Education (ALO) (Grades 1-8) or Options Programs

    *Newly eligible Highly Capable kindergarten students remain and are served in their general education classroom.
    **Students must have been enrolled in HCC as 8th graders to enroll in the Highly Capable Cohort at Garfield HS.
    Students continuously enrolled in SPS retain their eligibility throughout their K-12 SPS career.


    Please note: Beginning in 2016-2017, Smarter Balanced Assessments are used as the achievement measure for Highly Capable (HC) eligibility in grades 4-8. In order to be designated as Highly Capable or as an Advanced Learner (AL,) multiple criteria are considered, including but not limited to measures of both cognitive and achievement abilities. If a student goes through the Highly Capable referral process, but refuses to participate in Smarter Balanced (SBA) testing in 2017-2018, the student will not meet all of the criteria for Highly Capable services or the Spectrum (AL) program. Note that families in this case will have the option to appeal the decision. MAP data is used for younger students.

    NEW FOR THE 2017-2018 REFERRAL CYCLE: All Non-SPS students will take the ITBS administered by Seattle Public Schools for achievement scores.


    ​How will I be notified of my students Eligibility Results?

    Once the MSC has made a decision on your student’s eligibility, you will be notified via email and/or Robo-call that the decision has been made. For all parents who submitted a referral, or scheduled a test, via The Source, your student’s Eligibility Decision will be accessible in your Source account. For parents who submitted non-English referral forms, your Eligibility Decision will be sent to you via email and/or letter. Students who become eligible as Highly Capable and wish to join an HCC site for the following year must enroll during the Open Enrollment period in February. If a student does not receive the eligibility decision until after the Open Enrollment period, they will still be assigned to their pathway school. The updated Student Assignment Plan is available at http://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=744707.

    Important Additional Resources for the Advanced Learning Eligibility Decision Process:

    Enrollment Information
    Submitting a Referral
    Testing
    Results
    Appeals Process
    FAQ
    News
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