Before you begin...

Applications for gifted testing for students in grades 1 – 11 are accepted until October 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Any parent whose child lives within the Bellevue School District service area may apply for their child to test. We do not invite students to test based on achievement data.


Parents of enrolled Kindergarten students do not need to apply. Kindergarten students are automatically assessed for gifted services at their school. Parents of private or home-school Kindergarten students that live within the Bellevue School District service area may apply for gifted services until September 30, 2017. Email for more information.

Placement Tests

Cognitive Abilities Test 7 (CogAT 7)  -  Grades 1-11
The Cognitive Abilities Test 7 measures general and specific reasoning abilities in three areas.  The CogAT is administered at one grade level above the student’s grade of enrollment.  This assessment includes the following subtests:

  • Verbal – Reasoning with words and sentences
  • Nonverbal – Figural concepts express in pictures
  • Quantitative – Quantitative concepts and relations

STAR Assessments (STAR) - Grades 1-8
The STAR Assessments (Reading and Math) are used to measure achievement. STAR Assessments are computer-based and adaptive, which adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment based upon students’ responses.  STAR is highly rated in regard to reliability, validity, and generalizability, especially for diverse populations.  The STAR is administered at grade level, because it is adaptive, thus moving students to higher level questions based upon successful completion of grade level questions.  PLEASE NOTE:  BSD students in grades 2 – 8 take the STAR Assessments at school.  The STAR will be administered to private/home-school students on their assigned test date, if not provided by their school.

Iowa Assessments (IOWA) -  Grades 9-11
The IOWA Assessments are used to measure reading and math achievement.  The Iowa is administered at one grade level above the student’s grade of enrollment.  This assessment includes Reading, Vocabulary and Math.

Testing Accommodations

A completed IEP or 504 plan detailing testing accommodations must be on file with your school in order to utilize testing accommodations. If your child requires testing accommodations, please email a copy of your accomodations page to


Gifted Programs assessment criteria is applied equitably to all applicants. For students not meeting the entrance criteria, appeals for further consideration can be made within 10 days of receiving gifted test results. Appeals must be based upon a specific criteria related to testing conditions or a misapplication or miscalculation of the scores. Illness will not be considered a valid reason for appeal.

Service Model

Gifted services are provided to students who live within the BSD attendance area, who are currently enrolled in a BSD school, and who have been identified as in need of gifted programming through two options. Students may attend the self-contained program, where they are placed in classes with like ability peers at Cherry Crest, Medina, Somerset, Spiritridge, Odle, Tyee, and Interlake, or they may choose to remain in their home or choice school setting and receive differentiated instruction in the general education classroom.  Students attending a BSD school on an inter-district transfer are eligible to receive differentiated services only at the school for which the transfer applies.  Services provide instruction in the core content areas of language arts, social studies, science and math.  Instruction is designed to meet students’ cognitive and academic needs at the appropriate level.

Exiting the Program

Bellevue School District’s gifted services may not be appropriate for all gifted students. The teacher, administrator, parent/legal guardian or student may initiate the exit process for students who no longer demonstrate a need for highly capable services or students demonstrating continued academic and/or social/emotional difficulty. A multi-disciplinary team will convene a meeting to review the student’s profile to determine if needs are best met with the gifted classroom. Additional evidence of student capabilities and/or willingness to participate in the program may be requested.

Need Help?

If you have general questions about the Gifted Program’s testing process, please contact If you are having technical issues with the online form, please contact