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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.

We expect that the MSC will begin reviewing student eligibility in early January 2017 and most of the MSC’s Eligibility Decision and test scores to be posted to the Source on Feb 10, 2017.  Non-SPS students will receive a letter by USPS. Please see Key Dates for more information on the entire Eligibility Decision Process timeline.


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 2016-17

View 2016-2017 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.


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 (district administered assessments)

Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

Enrollment Options:

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

Eligibility Category: Highly Capable (9-12)

Grade when Evaluated: 9-12

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT):

  • Portfolio Assessment
  • Nationally Normed Assessments (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 (or+) percentile on CogAT screening form score

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

Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

Enrollment Options:

  • Advanced Learners/Spectrum (Grades 1-8)
  • General Education (ALO) (Grades 1-8)

Eligibility Category: Advanced Learners (3-7)

Grade when Evaluated: 3-7

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

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

Parent/Guardian Input: Parent Rating Scale

Teacher Input: Teacher Rating Scale

Enrollment Options:

  • Advanced Learners/Spectrum (Grades 1-8)
  • General Education (ALO) (Grades 1-8)

Eligibility Category: CONTINUING Advanced Learners

Grade when Evaluated: N/A

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): Not identified after 8th grade

Reading & Math Achievement: N/A

Parent/Guardian Input: N/A

Teacher Input: N/A

Enrollment Options:

  • IB/AP (Grades 9-12)
  • General Education

*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 2016-2017, 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.


​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 that the decision has been made. If you submitted a referral via The Source, your student’s Eligibility Decision will be posted there. If you are a private school student or your submitted a non-English referral form, your Eligibility Decision will be sent to you via email and/or letter.


Important Additional Resources for the Advanced Learning Eligibility Decision Process:

Enrollment Information
Submitting a Referral
Testing
Results
Appeals Process
FAQ
News
Resources
Contact Advanced Learning

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