Highly Capable Timeline 2019 - 2020

  • December: 12/2/2019 - 1/10/2020

    • Referral window open for current FWPS scholars, grades K-11
    • Referrals accepted from staff, families, scholars, and community members
    • Referrals trigger an evaluation process and review of data
      • While 2nd graders do not require a referral to trigger the CogAT assessment, the referral information is valuable and used by the committee for qualification. If you feel a scholar will benefit from Highly Capable Services, please submit a referral, regardless of grade level.


    January: 1/13/2020 - 1/31/2020

    • HC Department compiles most recent data from district/state assessments (iReady, IRLA, SBA, etc.) for the District Highly Capable Multi-disciplinary Selection Committee (HCMSC)
    • Parent permission to test forms distributed and collected for referred scholars


    February: 2/3/2020 - 2/28/2020

    • CogAT testing for all referred scholars who have parent permission (grades K-1, 3-11) and all 2nd grade scholars


    March: 3/2/2020 - 3/27/2020

    • District HCMSC reviews data for all 2nd grade scholars and all referred scholars
    • HCMSC’s determinations communicated to families and schools


    April – May: 3/30/2020 - 4/3/20 Consent Letters sent home.
    Eligible/Not Eligible letters sent.

    Consent Process

    Appeal Process

    • 4/24/2020: Parent consent for HC services for the 2019-2020 school year due

    • 4/27/2020: Lists of eligible scholars with consent on file sent to principals

    • 4/27/2020 - 5/18/2020: Building level HC teams meet to determine services/placement of eligible scholars






    • 3/30/2020 - 4/24/2020: Appeal window open

    • 4/27/2020 - 5/15/2020: Appeal data processed; additional assessments administered as needed

    • 5/18/2020 - 5/22/2020: The committee’s final decision will be sent in writing to the person filing the appeal

    • If a scholar is determined to be eligible via appeal, a letter and request for consent will be sent to the parent/guardian; consent due to the district office by May 29, 2020..





  • For immediate assistance, please contact your school. For district level questions, contact Melissa Spencer, Executive Director Scholar Learning, Academic Programs, and Staff Development; 253-945-2122, mspencer@fwps.org