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Referral Period, Testing Dates, Identification, and Appeals Process

Referral and Testing Process for Kindergarten - 8th grade

The referral period is open June 1st through November 30th, 2021. Please download a Referral Form from this website.

The testing dates are:
December 4th for 3rd through 8th grade students
December 11th for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students

In order to have a student assessed for the Highly Capable Programs, students must live within the Edmonds School District boundary, be at least in kindergarten, complete a Referral packet including parent signature, and submit all required documents to the Highly Capable Department prior to the deadline. 

Students may be referred by themselves, other students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Written parent/guardian permission is required prior to testing. Referred students will be tested using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The test administrators and proctors are trained to look for any barriers to a true picture of a child's cognitive ability, especially for the under-served or under-represented populations of our District. Barriers could be emerging English language, cultural background or any other factor that might distort the test. Proctors will make a note of any discrepancy on a student's test and then share with the Program Administrator. If there is a reason to believe that we need to look at the child's ability in some other way, the information will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee.  

Please note:  Students are limited to test four times for the Highly Capable programs from Kindergarten through grade 7 and one additional test during grade eight. Private individual testing cannot be used in place of the group CogAT test. All students wanting acceptance into Highly Capable Programs must take the CogAT given by Edmonds School District proctors

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