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Advanced Learning - Application & Testing Process

Students participate in a district assessment to determine their eligibility as: Academically Highly Gifted (eligible to enroll in the Accelerated Progress Program or Spectrum); or Academically Gifted (eligible to enroll in Spectrum).

Nomination


Fill out a Parent/Guardian Permission Form and return by the early fall deadline. Give the Teacher/Educator Input Form to your teacher to return separately. Teachers or community members who wish to nominate a student for testing must give a Parent/Guardian form to the parent or guardian of the student and also request and/or submit a Teacher/Educator Input form. All Advanced Learning forms are available on our Application Forms page.

Initial Review


Spring MAP data is reviewed for all applicants in grades 1-8. Cognitive testing is administered if MAP scores are at the 85th percentile* or higher. 8th graders applying for the APP/IB program at Ingraham must have MAP scores at the 95th percentile or higher. All kindergarten applicants and non-SPS applicants will be scheduled for the cognitive testing.(See WAC 392-170-050 Screening of nominees).

Test Date Notification


Test date appointment letters are mailed or e-mailed several weeks after the application deadline. Parents/Guardians who have not received either a test date letter or a initial review letter by mid-December should contact the Advanced Learning office.

Cognitive Testing


Administered late-October through January. Some schools will have Saturday test sessions. All private school students are tested on Saturdays at various SPS elementary school locations, and some private students will require two Saturday test sessions depending on results from the cognitive testing.

Achievement Testing (if needed)


Administered through January or early February. Non-SPS students will be administered an achievement test if cognitive test scores are at the 87th  percentile (98th for 8th graders) or higher. SPS kindergarten students who achieve cognitive scores at the 90th percentile or higher do not require achievement testing to qualify for Spectrum. SPS kindergarten students who achieve cognitive scores at or above the 98th percentile will take an achievement test to determine APP eligibility.

Test and Eligibility Results

A Selection Committee reviews each student's test scores and teacher input to determine eligibility. Decision letters with all test results are mailed as soon as possible after January 31. Test scores and eligibilities are reported by mail ONLY and are not reported early by phone, e-mail, or fax. Students who do not pass the initial MAP review are mailed letters by mid-November.

Appeals


Specific information on how to appeal is included in eligibility and/or initial review letters and is available on the Appeal Process web page. Private assessments will only be considered during the appeal process.

Enrollment in Programs


Students found eligible for a program during the fall/winter testing session are eligible to enroll for the following school year. Results are reported in time to enroll during the open enrollment period.

Summer Testing

Summer testing is available only for students who relocated to the city of Seattle after the October deadline and were unable to participate in the fall/winter testing cycle. Independent school students must also be new to the city of Seattle.


*See Eligibility Criteria for test score thresholds for each eligibility category.

See Eligibility Assessments for a description of the assessments used.

See Enrollment/Retaining Eligibility for program enrollment options for eligible students.

See the Enrollment web page for enrollment forms for newly-made eligible students.

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