How are students identified as Highly Capable?
In the Aberdeen School District Highly Capable students are identified for services either through a screening or by referral.
Each fall, winter, and spring benchmark assessments are given to all district students. Students identified by this screening as potentially Highly Capable will be considered for services. Their classwork will be assessed and they may be asked to take a cognitive ability test as part of the consideration process.
Teachers, parents, and community members may refer any student for consideration to receive Highly Capable services. Referrals are accepted at any time and are actively solicited in the fall of each year. Students may be referred because of high assessment scores or if there are other strong indicators of a need for services. All students referred as potentially Highly Capable will be considered for services and may be asked to take a cognitive ability test as part of the consideration process. A multidisciplinary selection committee will review the results of these tests and assessments to determine if the student qualifies for and will benefit from the Highly Capable Services in the district.