Frequently Asked Questions
What is the FWPS process for identifying scholars for Highly Capable Services?
1st – Refer: Parents, community members, teachers, staff members, and scholars may refer a scholar for consideration to receive highly capable services during the referral window (or, for scholars new to the district, within 10 days of enrollment)
2nd – Assess: Additional assessments administered, as needed, with parent/guardian permission
3rd – Decide: The District’s Multi-disciplinary HC Selection Committee reviews scholar data and determines eligibility for HC services, based on multiple measures (including district/state assessments)
4th – Notify: Notification of scholars eligible to receive services beginning in the following school year (except for Kindergarten or newly enrolled scholars who missed the most recent referral window, for whom services begin in the current school year)
5th – Consent: Parent/guardian permission for HC services
What is the process to appeal a decision about ineligibility for services?
- An appeal form must be completed and submitted to the HC department within the appeal window. It must include specific, new information that might impact the decision by the selection committee.
- If needed, additional assessments will be initiated by the selection committee; outside assessments will not be considered.
- The person filing the appeal will be notified of the result.
- Appeal decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
How can a scholar be exited from receiving highly capable services?
Parents/Guardians may choose to decline services when they are initially offered or may notify the building principal that they no longer want the scholar to receive HC services.
Such a request will be forwarded to the Coordinator of Highly Capable Services, who will work with the selection committee, teacher, parent, and/or scholar to determine whether or not to exit the scholar.
What types of services are available to scholars in Federal Way Public Schools?
- Each school has a continuum of services that could include, but is not limited to: differentiation, enrichment, and/or acceleration.
- The services may be delivered in a general education, a cluster-grouped, or a self-contained classroom.
- Secondary schools may also provide services through advanced programs, extra-curricular clubs, academic competitions, and/or partnerships with outside agencies.
What is the CogAT?
- The CogAT is an online, multiple-choice cognitive test that measures ability in three areas: verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning.
- All referred scholars (who have parent permission) and all 2nd graders will be assessed with the CogAT 7 Screener.
- The information gathered from the CogAT will be used to support identification of those scholars who are in need of Highly Capable Services.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org