Peninsula School District seeks to identify those students who may benefit from participating in the district’s Highly Capable Program. Assessments used for identification for the Highly Capable Program include the Cognitive Abilities Test full battery, measures in core subjects, and referral information.
Highly Capable students are those who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments – typically 3-5% of the population. A multi-disciplinary team comprised of teachers, principals, school psychologist, and district administrators meet to make placement decisions in the spring for the following school year, using a wide range of data.
Who may refer students for highly capable testing?
Anyone may refer a student once annually for testing (Cognitive Abilities full battery test) in grades 1-8 for determining highly capable qualification for the following school year. Referrals may come from parents, teachers, school specialists, friends, family community members, or even the student him/herself.
Selection of students for our Highly Capable programs occurs in the spring for placement the following school year. See Timeline here. Test results from the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be sent home after the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meets in late winter/early spring.
Appeals: Students who do not qualify for the Highly Capable program have the right to submit an appeal. An appeals form (available below) must be filed within two weeks of receipt of your child’s results. Appeals are reviewed by the district’s Multidisciplinary Team and parents will be notified of the decision.
Please submit appeals to: Peninsula School District, Attn: Joy Giovanini, 14015 62nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor WA, 98332
Re-testing: Students may re-test annually through the referral process given the following conditions:
- It has been over 9 months since the student last tested, and
- The student is enrolled in at least one grade level higher than when they last tested.
Students who transfer to PSD from out-of-district schools and have qualified in a previous highly capable program are not automatically enrolled in our program. Test scores and placement letters from the other school may be used but still must meet our placement criteria. Please contact the district Highly Capable office at (253) 530-1059 if you have a student transferring to PSD who was previously qualified outside our district to find out what information is needed to review the student’s qualification status. If the required testing data is not available from the previous school, a summer (August) testing opportunity will be available for students who are new to Peninsula School District over the summer or arrive too late to participate in spring testing.