Universal Screening - Grades 2 and 5

Screening Information

Washington State requires that all students in grades 2 and 5 are offered the opportunity to be screened for eligibility and participation in the Highly Capable Program. The screening will take place during a normal school day with your student's classroom teacher. 

Families of second and fifth grade students throughout the district will receive information that describes the testing, qualifying, and entrance process for the Tahoma School District Highly Capable Program prior to the screening taking place. Students will take the appropriate CogAT Screener assessment for their grade level. Following the screener assessment, students who qualify will have the opportunity to take another round of tests to determine final placement. The assessments used for the second round are the full CogAT assessment and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. All families will receive notification from the district sharing whether or not their child will continue with the assessment process.

The screening communication will contain information if parents would like to opt out of participation in the screening process. If you wish for your student to participate, you do not need to do anything.

Second and fifth grade students who attend private schools or home-based programs and reside in the TSD boundaries are also invited to participate during the assessment window. To enroll your student in testing, please contact Summer Welch in the fall of their second or fifth grade year at
[email protected].


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