Identification and Eligibility
Advanced Learning Identification Process Begins Fall 2022
We are committed to transforming Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning services, so every student, particularly Black, Brown, and Native American students, has access to opportunities that help them thrive. This includes changing how we decide who is eligible for Advanced Learning services and when we are sharing eligibility information with families.
Eligibility decisions will be completed for students in grades 1
Advanced Learning Referrals are Closed
The Advanced Learning referral window was November 1-30, 2022.
Seattle Public Schools will continue to honor and support the brilliance of every student in the 2022-23 school year. One-way Seattle Public Schools does this is by ensuring that students have access to Advanced Learning services. To do this, the Advanced Learning Department refers all students to participate in their Universal Screening to determine potential eligibility for services.
Although the Advanced Learning department will conduct the Universal Screening to identify students who should be assessed to determine eligibility for Advanced Learning or Highly Capable services, by law WAC-392-170-045 referrals are also accepted from teachers, other staff, parents/guardians, students, and members of the community.
Advanced Learning services provide support for student achievement and growth. This includes more assignments and activities in classes that are at a higher level.
The Universal Screening will occur in December 2022 and February 2023. The following data will be used:
Advanced Learning also considers:
- Ability to gain language proficiency faster than most students (English Language Learner students).
- Academic assessment data evaluated during the special education process resulting in eligibility for Special Education services.
*Subjective data (Qualitative data is information that cannot be counted, measured, or easily expressed using numbers.)
**Objective data (Quantitative data is information that can be measured and observed.)
If Universal Screening results indicate your student has the potential to be eligible for Advanced Learning or Highly Capable services, you will receive an informational letter and a parent/guardian permission to assess form. You will need to sign and return the completed form to the Advanced Learning Department.
- Notification to K-8 families about Eligibility and Identification Process
- Demonstrated Performance Tool completed by Teaching Staff for 1-8 grade students
- Referral window for K-8 students (Nov 1-30)
- Universal Screening for 1-8
- Permission from parents/guardians based on Universal Screening Results only (1-8 grade level students)
- Demonstrated Performance Tool completed by Teaching Staff for kindergarten students
February and March 2023
- New eligibility decisions for 1-8 grade and notification to parents/guardians
- Universal Screening for kindergarten students
- Appeals for 1-8 students only
March and April 2023
- New eligibility decisions for kindergarten students and notification to parent/guardians
- Appeals for K-8 families
- Permission from parents/guardians based on Universal Screening Results only (kindergarten students)
- Appeals for kindergarten only
April – June 2023
- Summer Eligibility process
Advanced Learning Eligibility Decisions
How are eligibility decisions made for K-8 students?
- Objective and subjective data/information details will be shared with the Multi-Disciplinary Selection Committee (MSC), which is made up of trained educators and other professional staff such as counselor, teachers, and district leaders.
- There are two cycles of revision of data/information from students, during Universal Screening and standard identification and eligibility process.
- After a thorough review, the committee will decide which students are eligible for Advanced Learning or Highly Capable services.
- Eligibility decisions will be emailed (or mailed to those without email) to families.
- Results can be only be appealed during the appeal period in April 2023. More information will be available on the appeals webpage by April 2023.
How are eligibility decisions made for grades 9-12?
High School students are referred using a portfolio process. Details coming soon.
Please note: Students DO NOT need to obtain a Highly Capable eligibility to access Advanced Placement (The Advanced Placement program allows students to take rigorous college-level courses while), International Baccalaureate (Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular), or dual credit courses in high school (except for students wishing to apply for early entrance to the International Baccalaureate (Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular) Diploma Program at Ingraham HS). All The Advanced Placement program allows students to take rigorous college-level courses while, Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular, and dual credit courses are open to all students regardless of HC or AL eligibility.
HC Pathway High Schools
- Garfield High School
- Lincoln High School
- West Seattle High School
International Baccalaureate (Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular)
The Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular Diploma Program at Ingraham High School remains as an optional pathway. Eleven of our comprehensive high schools offer a wide range of advanced courses.