All Bellevue School District Kindergarten students are screened for Advanced Learning services.  BSD parents do not need to apply.

Step 1 – Data Review

Beginning in the fall, we work with teachers and collect data on all Kindergarten students.  Multiple data points are collected and analyzed to determine Advanced Learning needs.  Data to be collected and analyzed for each Kindergarten student may include the following:

  • TRC (Text Reading Comprehension)
  • DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)
  • Literacy Skills in Chinese and Spanish for Students in Language Immersion Programs
  • Star Math assessment and/or classroom math performance
  • Observational data
  • WAKids State Assessment

Parents of private/home-school Kindergartners will need to apply for screening.  Parents will be sent an Academic Data Form to give to their child’s teacher.  The teacher needs to complete the form and return it via email directly to the Advanced Learning Department.  Students who consistently perform well-beyond grade level in literacy and/or math will be moved into Step 2 – Notification/Further Review (see below).  Parents may also submit their child’s most recent report card(s) and any official reading, writing and math achievement data for consideration.

The data collected for all Kindergarten students are part of the screening process. A team of highly qualified educators objectively reviewed school performance data of all Kindergarten students to determine those who may benefit from specialized academic instruction.  The results are utilized to determine if there is a need for further testing and possible inclusion in advanced learning services.  Appeals for Domain-Specific services will not be accepted for students under Step 1 – Data Review.  

Appeals may only be submitted after Step 2 – Notification/Further Review or Step 3 – Cognitive Testing.


Step 2 – Notification/Further Review

In January, parents of students whose data indicates consistent performance well-beyond grade level in reading and/or math will be notified and asked to provide authorization for their child to participate in reading and/or math assessments.  This may include but is not limited to:

  • Observational Rating Scales
  • Reading Data: TRC (Text Reading Comprehension) & STAR Reading Assessment
  • Writing Data: BSD Performance Task1, Observation and Samples from the BSD Classroom
  • Math Data: Unit Assessment2, BSD Performance Task3, STAR Math Assessment
  1. The Writing Performance Task is a task where students are asked to write a short paragraph in response to a prompt.
  2. The Unit Assessment is a math test, given in the student’s class, at the end of a unit of learning.
  3. The Math Performance Task measures a student’s ability to apply previously learned knowledge and skills while utilizing their problem solving ability to reach a deeper understanding of the concept.

A district team will analyze all available student performance data and determine if the student is in need of services. Students demonstrating consistent academic performance well-beyond grade level expectation in literacy and/or math will be identified for Domain-Specific services at their neighborhood or choice school.  Results will be shared with parents by mid-March.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.