Domain Specific Services Screening Process for Kindergartners

At the beginning of the school year, all Kindergarten students are observed for behavioral and academic characteristics of highly capable students and may take the following assessments during the school day:

  • 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

PLEASE NOTE: There is no need for parents of BSD Kindergartners to apply as this process takes place automatically in the classroom.

The Advanced Learning department is committed to ensuring that Bellevue Virtual Academy Kindergarten 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.

Students who consistently perform two years beyond their grade level in literacy and/or math will be moved into file review for further assessment. Permission for file review will be sent to your home by mid-JanuaryOnly families of students moving into file review for further assessment will receive notification.  

Students who are identified as in need of advanced learning services in Kindergarten will not be automatically enrolled in Self-Contained Services when they reach 2nd grade.


File Review Process

Parents who receive a file review letter will be asked to provide permission for the district to conduct further assessment. 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 two years beyond grade level expectation in literacy and/or math will be identified for domain specific services at their neighborhood or choice school.

Assessments will be complete by the mid-February. 


Service Model

In the second semester, parents and teachers of Kindergarten 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.

Kindergarten 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 school. Students may continue to receive domain specific services at their school through 12th grade.

K-1 Domain-Specific Services
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.