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Second grade Highly Capable screening enters 2nd year


Last updated 10/10/2019 at 11:11am

As part of the Edmonds School District's equity work to provide greater access to Highly Capable testing and services, it provides identification screening to all second grade students.

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) is a cognitive ability test that utilizes shapes and figures to evaluate problem solving and reasoning abilities.

In late fall, students who score in the 87% percentile (based on students of similar ages around the nation) or higher will be encouraged to take the full test at individual schools.

Before this screening process, identification for testing relied solely upon families volunteering for the full test.

As usual, families with students in any grade may continue to register for full Saturday identification testing. More information is detailed in the following article

Is your student highly capable? Are they exceptionally curious? Do they come up with complex and abstract ideas? Does your student learn new ideas without instruction or direction? Do they ponder advanced questions with depth and from multiple perspectives?

Does your student learn exceptionally quickly? Do they enjoy solving problems, especially with numbers and puzzles?

If you see most or all of these characteristics in your student, they may be Highly Capable.

An information session will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Edmonds School District Office, 20420 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Interpreter service available at all sessions; call 425-431-7157 to schedule.

The Highly Capable/Gifted Program for first- through sixth-grade elementary students is a self-contained full-time district program located at Terrace Park Elementary. The Gifted Middle School Program is housed at Brier Terrace Middle School, and is a mix of self-contained and combined classes.

These programs are for students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.

The Cognitive Abilities Test serves as one tool in the screening process for the program.

A parent, student, staff member, or a community member may recommend testing for any student. A referral with signed parent permission for testing must be received prior to testing.

Forms are available on the Edmonds District website. Everyone that submits a referral will be given the opportunity to test on one of the specified test dates.


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