Identification Assessments

  • Kindergarten through 5th Grade: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    The CogAT assessment measures the student’s learned reasoning abilities, or aptitudes, in verbal analogies, number analogies, and figure matrices.

    In addition to the CogAT, we will also review data for referred students from other assessments that are appropriate at their grade level.

    Kindergarten through Grade 2

      • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
      • Math i-Ready Benchmark Assessment
      • Reading i-Ready Benchmark Assessment
      • WAKIDs (Kindergarten only)

    Grades 3-5

      • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
      • Math i-Ready Benchmark Assessment
      • Reading i-Ready Benchmark Assessment
      • State Assessment – SBA Reading and Math

    Grades 6-11

    2023-2024 Grades 6-11 Advanced Learning (HiCap) Referral Form

    All referred students in grades 6-11 must submit a portfolio by March 1, 2024.

    Each referred student will submit a portfolio reflecting the traditional thinking of a Highly Capable student. Return the completed portfolio to the HiCap department.

    The portfolio must include the following four work samples:

    1. One English Language Arts (ELA) work sample which can include essays, book projects, cross-disciplinary work that shows deep analysis and/or application in Science and Social Studies.
    2. One math work sample that shows multiple pathways of solving problems at a higher level and deep reasoning abilities.
    3. One project that shows interdisciplinary work, and creativity.
    4. An explanation of leadership experience inside and/or outside of school and community initiatives.

    Please scan all portfolio documents and email them to KSDHiCap@kent.k12.wa.us or mail them to the HiCap office before March 1, 2024.

    Kent School District
    Highly Capable Program
    12033 SE 256th St., Suite A-400
    Kent, WA 98030

    In addition to the Portfolio, we will also review data for referred students from other assessments,

    • Reading i-Ready Benchmark Assessment
    • Reading Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) from the last two years 
    • Math i-Ready Benchmark Assessment
    • Math Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) from the last two years
    • First-semester report card and grades

    For Grades K-11

    We will consider input from teacher(s) and parent(s)/guardian(s) using rating scales.

    English Language Learners

    Students with a first language other than English will also be evaluated for rapid language acquisition using the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA).

    Special Education Students

    Students who qualify for HiCap and also qualify for either special education services or a 504 plan are often referred to as twice-exceptional students. It is important that staff from both programs collaborate when planning for students who are eligible for multiple services. Additional data available for students with IEPs may also be used in the identification process.

Last Modified on April 10, 2024