What qualifications are needed to apply?

Any parent of a BSD student in grades 2 – 4 and 6 – 11 can apply for their child to test.  Any parent of a private/home-school student in grades 1 – 11 who lives within the Bellevue School District service area can apply for their child to test.  Please note that all 1st and 5th grade students will be screened first before being invited to participate in CogAT testing.  All BSD 1st and 5th grade students are automatically screened, including students enrolled in Bellevue Virtual Academy (no need to apply for these two grades).  Families of private/home-schooled students in grades 1 and 5 may complete an application for testing, but then will be notified of the screening process. Learn more about the 1st grade screening process here.  Learn more about the 5th grade screening process here.

Parents wishing to refer their own child for testing should complete an application online. Additionally, any staff member, student, or community member may refer a child who lives within the Bellevue School District service area for advanced learning services by submitting the child’s name, grade, school and student number (if known) to the Advanced Learning Office via email at advancedlearning@bsd405.org or by calling (425) 456-4136. For students referred by a party other than their parent, parents will be notified and invited to complete an application for testing.

Please note: if your child is attending BSD on an inter-district transfer and is identified as in need of advanced learning, services are only provided through differentiation in the general education classroom at the current school setting for which that transfer applies.


When are applications accepted?

 The online application for winter 2021-22 advanced learning testing for students in grades 1 – 11 is now available. District families interested in applying for testing must apply before the Friday, October 29, 2021 deadline at 4:30 pm.


Are you new to the district?

If you moved to the Bellevue School District service area after October 29, 2021, your child may test for advanced learning services in July 2022.  You must complete your move and be eligible to register your child in your neighborhood school before you can apply for advanced learning services.  Students in grade 1 will test on both days in the mornings (approx. 8:00 – 11:30 am) and students in grades 2 – 11 will test all day (approx. 8:00 am – 2:00 pm). Identified students will receive services beginning fall 2022. This testing session is for students that will have just completed grades 1 – 11.  Applications will be available online beginning May TBD, 2022 after 12:00 pm.  The deadline to apply is July TBD, 2022 by 4:30 pm.

Please refer to the following table for testing dates:

GRADES DATE CogAT STAR IOWA
1 July TBD, 2022 AM
1 July TBD, 2022 AM
2 – 4 July TBD, 2022 AM PM
5 – 8 July TBD, 2022 AM PM
9 – 11 July TBD, 2022 AM PM

If you are moving to the district and your child is currently in a highly capable/advanced program, please see below…


Is your student currently receiving highly capable services?

You may apply for placement in the SELF-CONTAINED ADVANCED LEARNING SERVICE MODEL if your child was enrolled in a full-time, self-contained service model in another school district in grades 2 – 12. A full-time service model is defined as receiving services in the four content areas of language arts, social studies, math and science.

You may apply for DOMAIN-SPECIFIC ADVANCED LEARNING SERVICES if your child was enrolled in a part-time, domain-specific service model in another school district and is entering grades K – 6. Domain-specific services will be provided in the general education classroom in the school where your child is enrolled. Domain-specific services will continue to roll-up to higher grades each year. During the 2022-23 school year, grade 7 will be added. During the 2023-24 school year, grade 8 will be added.

Your child must have been receiving these services or have just been identified for these services immediately preceding your move to the Bellevue School District. You must complete your move and be eligible to register your child in your neighborhood school before you can apply for advanced learning services. Per District policy, all students must be residing within the boundaries of the Bellevue School District at the time of enrollment. You must also meet the following requirements:

FULL-TIME, SELF-CONTAINED
Grades 2 – 12

  • Have the complete battery of the CogAT Form 7 or CogAT Form 8 (not CogAT 7 Screener or CogAT 8 Screener) taken during the 1st grade year or beyond (Level 8 or above)
  • Have the STAR or IOWA (or equivalent, i.e., Stanford)
  • Have achievement data (report card, reading and math assessments not more than one year old)
  • Have test scores in the range of those students identified to receive services in BSD
  • Current grades
  • Tested at the appropriate level
  • Proof of enrollment in above grade level courses
  • Evidence of success with continued strong performance at an accelerated level, commensurate with the level of our self-contained service model

PART-TIME, DOMAIN-SPECIFIC
Grades K – 6

  • Have the complete battery of the CogAT Form 7 or CogAT Form 8 OR CogAT 7 Screener or CogAT 8 Screener taken during Kindergarten or beyond
  • Have the STAR or IOWA (or equivalent, i.e., Stanford)
  • Have achievement data (report card, reading and math assessments not more than one year old)
  • Have test scores in the range of those students identified to receive services in BSD
  • Current grades

We evaluate all students using the CogAT, STAR, IOWA and multiple data points. If your child was in a self-contained program in grades 5 – 12 but did not take the full CogAT or took a cognitive test other than the CogAT, we will be unable to accept an application for advanced learning services. Your child will have to test with us in our next testing cycle before he/she can be placed.

To determine if placement is appropriate, we will evaluate cognitive and achievement assessment results and other achievement data from your previous school district. Follow these steps if you would like your child to be evaluated for placement:

  1. Establish Residency: Please go to the Enroll Your Student webpage and follow the directions for remote enrollment.  If you don’t have the required documents to establish residency – completing a Residency Agreement with the BSD Student Placement office is part of the remote enrollment process.  This must be done first.
  2. Submit an Application for Advanced Learning Services form to the Advanced Learning Office.  IMPORTANT: Before filling out this form, download and save it to your computer (the fillable features are not compatible in some browsers).  Please include the tests results from the assessments required for placement in the highly capable program at your previous district and all other required documents listed above.  (PLEASE NOTE: This is not an application for testing. It is only for students who were previously enrolled in a highly capable program in another school district.)


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