SCREENING PROCESS: In accordance with WAC 392-170-050, all testing applicants must meet screening criteria to participate in the district's assessment for gifted services in January. Screening criteria are: performance in the 85th percentile on a standardized test of ability or achievement within the past 12 months, a rating of "4" in any area of the state MSP (or receive the top rating on a state assessments other than Washington), or, for in-district students in 1st and 2nd grade, a rating of "Above Proficiency" on the beginning of the year Total Reading Comprehension assessment. All in-district students in 1st through 5th grades are automatically screened using fall STAR scores in reading and math, MSP scores from last spring, or the beginning of the year Total Reading Comprehension assessment. Students meeting the screening criteria are notified mid-October by postal mail and invited to participate in the assessment process in January.
TESTING SCHEDULE: Testing for gifted services is conducted in January each year. Private and Out-of-District 8th graders are tested in January. Test results are mailed out in mid-March for secondary students and late-March for elementary students. We try to get the results out in time for middle and high school registration but cannot guarantee their arrival.
If you are interested in having your child evaluated for gifted services but were not living within the Bellevue School District service area for the January testing, please contact the Gifted Programs Office at 425-456-4136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUT-OF-DISTRICT: Eighth grade students who do not live in the Bellevue School District may participate in the Bellevue School District gifted testing if they are not taking the CogAT in another location during the 2012-13 school year. If your 8th grade student is taking the CogAT in another district, you may submit the scores to the Gifted Office when you receive them. Placement is offered on a space available basis.
We do not test out-of-district students at the elementary and middle school levels.
Applications may be submitted to the Gifted Office via U S Postal Serivce. Please do not deliver in person.
Gifted Programs Office
Bellevue School District
PO Box 90010
Bellevue WA 98009
An informational letter regarding the testing will be mailed about a week before the test.