• Sedro-Woolley School District
    Highly Capable Program
     

    The Sedro-Woolley School District's Highly Capable Program provides a multi-school educational experience for K-12 students that will meet the needs of students who have exceptional ability. The Program offers challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction.

    The increased enrichment and challenge comes from accelerated learning opportunities, interaction with intellectual peers, and projects and activities that create a need for organization, and study skills. Teaching strategies include an emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and learning how to conduct research using the most up-to-date technology.

    The Sedro-Woolley School District Highly Capable Program will offer the following learning opportunities:

    Kindergarten will remain in their home schools where they may receive the following services: differentiated and enhanced instruction in their classroom, pull-out single-subject acceleration in a separate classroom, content telescoping, and/or cluster-grouping. Students may also be considered for advancement to a higher grade level (with parental approval) if it is determined that would best serve their needs.

    Grades 1-6 Highly Capable students will be provided instruction in an accelerated and enhanced instructional design using cluster grouping and/or pull-out single-subject classrooms at Central Elementary. Students will be required to enroll as full-time students at Central in order to participate in the Highly Capable Program. Transportation will be provided to the school from each student’s home.

    Grades 7-8 Highly Capable students will be provided learning opportunities using accelerated and enhanced instructional design and advanced math placement or Honors classes at Cascade Middle School. Students will also attend a Highly Capable advisory class with a special instructor.

    Grades 9-12 students will have access to Advanced Placement, Honors, College in the High School classes, College Prep courses and Running Start at Sedro-Woolley High School.


     COVID-19 Update:

    As per the guidance from OSPI, SWSD may utilize alternative assessment procedures for screening and identifying students for Highly Capable Program services.


    2021-2022. The Sedro-Woolley School District screens all 2nd and 6th-grade students. Students who qualify for additional testing are invited to participate in the full assessment. Students in grades kindergarten through 11th grade may be referred through a nomination process for screening and assessment.

    New students may also test in the summer or at the beginning of the school year (New Student Testing Only).

    Screening and Assessment

    What is Screening? During the screening, the Highly Capable Department reviews recently-collected student-level data. Screener data may include the CogAT Screener, classroom observation data, WaKIDS data, BAS, i-Ready scores, etc. Students who meet or exceed the screening criteria for their grade and have parent/guardian permission to participate in testing will move on to assessment. For 2021-2022, the district will screen all 2nd and 6th grade students.

    What is Assessment? Students who meet or exceed the screening threshold are invited to continue to additional assessment. Parental/Guardian consent must be provided in order for students to participate. During the assessment, additional tests will be administered. This assessment is the complete CogAT assessment.

    Testing Schedule and Registration

    COVID-19 Update: As per the guidance from OSPI, the District may utilize alternative assessment procedures for screening and identifying students for Highly Capable Program services. Timelines may be adjusted.

    New Students Only

    • Eligibility opportunity in the Fall for NEW STUDENTS ONLY who have not already been tested for hi-cap services for this year.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will begin receiving services during the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Students who enroll in the District after the January assessment may test Summer 2022

    Grade 2

    • Screening of all 2nd-grade students in the Spring.
    • Students who meet the screening threshold will be invited to participate in further assessment.
    • Students must have parental consent to participate in the assessment.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will be offered participation in the Highly Capable Program for Fall 2021.
    • HiCap Registration/Consent Form Link

    Grade 6

    • Screening of all 6th-grade students.
    • Students who meet the screening threshold will be invited to participate in further assessment.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will be offered participation in the Highly Capable Program for Fall 2021.
    • HiCap Registration/Consent Form Link

    Grade K+ - Nomination Referral to Screen

    • Students need to be nominated to have data reviewed for screening
    • Students who have parental consent and meet the screening threshold will be invited to participate in further assessment
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will begin receiving services in Fall 2021.
    • HiCap Nomination Form for 2021-2022 School Year

    Assessment and Data used for eligibility criteria

    Eligibility for highly capable services is determined based on multiple criteria, including scores obtained from the highly capable testing process (CogAT), as well as other information available on students within SWSD. Examples of such data include district achievement scores (i-Ready, BAS), state testing scores (Smarter Balanced), teacher feedback, and report card data.

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)-Screener

    The CogAT Screener is an abbreviated version of the CogAT Complete, with the first subtest of each of the three batteries. The Screening is completed on-line. More information on the CogAT Screener.

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)-CogAT Complete

    The CogAT is an aptitude assessment with three sections or batteries - Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. The questions on the CogAT do not look like other reading or math questions students may have encountered and instead measures verbal and quantitative/mathematical reasoning in a more abstract way. The Nonverbal battery of the CogAT is the section of the test that research has found to be most highly correlated to giftedness and success in the highly capable program. This section measures logic and abstract reasoning and contains problems different from what students may have previously encountered. The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using pictures and geometric shapes. The Nonverbal battery also appraises the student’s ability to use her/his cognitive resources in new situations.

    CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students from kindergarten through grade 12. The test measures students ’ learned reasoning abilities. The questions on CogAT require students to demonstrate their verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.

    • The Verbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval, and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning.
    • The Quantitative Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking.
    • The Nonverbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content.

    i-Ready

    i-Ready is SWSD’s district achievement assessment for Math (grades 1+) and Reading (grades K+). The assessments are administered three times per school year (fall, winter, and spring). The i-Ready Diagnostic is a computer adaptive assessment that measures both student performance and growth. More information about i-Ready

    Benchmark Assessment System by Fountas and Pinnell

    The District uses the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems to determine a student’s independent and instructional reading levels, teachers are able to observe student reading behaviors one-on-one, engage in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to instruction.


    We are confident that the  Sedro-Woolley School District Highly Capable Program will provide our highly capable students with a rigorous and stimulating learning environment that will challenge each student to strive for excellence.

    Please direct questions to Highly Capable Program Administrator Mischelle Darragh at 360-855-3540 or by email at mdarragh@swsd101.org or by contacting the District Office at 360-855-3500. Thank you.