Beginning the 2021-22 school year, the Advanced Learning Department will conduct universal screening for all 1st grade students, including students enrolled in the Bellevue Virtual Academy.

Screening Process for 1st Grade

In previous years, the Advanced Learning Department has screened all 1st grade students to determine a potential need for domain-specific advanced learning services in Literacy and/or Math.  In addition to this process, families of 1st grade students could also apply for cognitive testing for potential inclusion in the self-contained advanced learning service model at Cherry Crest, Medina, Somerset and Spiritridge.  Because achievement data is such an important part of the decision for services in both the domain-specific and self-contained service identification process, we are eliminating the need for parents of 1st graders to apply for testing.

Instead, we will have a 2-part process.  In the first process, starting in October, all students will be considered for domain-specific services based upon achievement and observational data.  In the second process, only students who were identified as in need of domain-specific services in both literacy and math will be provided the cognitive assessment for potential entry into the self-contained service model.

Under the new process, multiple data points will be collected and analyzed to determine a potential need for advanced learning services.  Data to be collected and analyzed for each 1st grade student includes the following:

  • TRC (Text Reading Comprehension) results
  • STAR Math assessment results
  • Lexia assessments and assignments
  • Classroom math unit assessments
  • Observational data

Parents of BSD 1st graders interested in their child(ren) being considered for advanced learning services do not need to apply for winter testing as this process takes place automatically in the classroom.  Parents must apply for summer testing.

The Advanced Learning department is committed to ensuring that Bellevue Virtual Academy first grade students are fully screened and given the same opportunity as students in their neighborhood/choice schools in person. As this group of students is learning remotely, we understand that their schoolwork and evidence of progress may differ and may take more time to collect. We are working in partnership with the Bellevue Virtual Academy to ensure that over the next few months we are able to collect the evidence needed for screening.

Parents of private/home-school 1st graders will still need to apply for testing.  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 by November 15, 2021.  Students who consistently perform well-beyond grade level in literacy and/or math will be moved into file review for further assessment (see below for next step).  Parents may also submit their child’s most recent report card(s) and any official reading, writing and math achievement data for consideration.

File Review Process

In early 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 performance assessments, which will measure conceptual understanding of higher-grade level topics.  Results of the assessments will be analyzed along with previously collected data points by a multidisciplinary team.

  • Students performing in the range of current advanced learning students in reading will be identified for advanced learning domain-specific services in reading.
  • Students performing in the range of current advanced learning students in math will be identified for advanced learning domain-specific services in math.
  • Students performing in the range of current advanced learning students in both reading and math will be invited to participate in CogAT testing for potential identification for self-contained services.

Parents of students being invited to participate in CogAT testing will receive notification with the testing date and location in early March.  All results and identification decisions will be sent to parents by early June.

Service Model

Parents and teachers of 1st grade students newly-identified as in need of advanced learning services will have access to an Advanced Learning Classroom-Based Student Plan via ParentVUE. Each child’s plan will explain his/her strengths as well as provide instructional ideas that the teacher may choose to utilize as needed in addition to the variety of differentiation practices already in place.

First grade students who are identified as in need of advanced learning services will be provided domain specific services in literacy and/or math in a traditional classroom setting at their neighborhood or choice school. Students may continue to receive domain specific services at their school through 12th grade.

Students who are invited to participate in CogAT testing and are identified for full-time, self-contained services (SCS-E) will begin the program in 2nd grade.

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.