Highly Capable Program
Port Townsend School District's Highly Capable Program Coordinator is Diane Lashinsky
Her email address is: email@example.com
In Washington State, there is no mandate to provide special services for students who are identified as highly capable. However, a small grant to be used for the benefit of these students (requiring compliance with state regulations for nomination, assessment, selection, appeals and programming) is available annually by application. Currently, Port Townsend School District's highly capable program is funded only by the grant.
We do not identify students to create a select population, but, rather to acknowledge and contribute to meeting the needs of students who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for learning and/or performed at a level significantly exceeding that of their peers.
We select students for our program in the fall of 4th grade. Once selected, a student remains on the highly capable role until he/she graduates. Transfer students identified as highly capable at a former district are automatically included.
PROCESS AND PROCEDURES:
An aptitude test, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is given to all 3rd graders each spring. Parents are notified in writing, and have the option to opt their student out of this testing. Data is also used from the 3rd grade reading and math Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) exams.
A parent of, or a student nominated but not selected to participate in the highly capable program may appeal using the following process:
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES TO SUPPORT STUDENT PROGRAMS:
Last Modified on October 4, 2012