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Highly Capable

Washington State law requires that students who are highly capable be provided with programming that meets their needs. In order to do this, Toledo School District has created an assessment system and process for identifying highly capable students and then providing appropriate programming to meet their needs. According to regulation: 
“Each student identified as a highly capable student shall be provided educational opportunities which take into account such student's unique needs  and capabilities. Such program shall recognize the limits of the resources provided by the state and the program options available to the district, including programs in adjoining districts and public institutions of higher 
education. Districts shall keep on file a description of the educational programs provided for students selected.”

Students who are highly capable show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments.  Outstanding abilities are seen within students’ general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These characteristics are noticeable among all groups of students.

As used in the law, the term “learning characteristics” means that students
who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning 

(1) Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has 
been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations;
(2) Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and 
complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
(3) Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
(4) Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and
(5) Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

Anyone can refer a student for consideration. If you believe that a student exhibits the  characteristics noted above, you may use the form on this webpage to nominate the student for assessment. Once completed, please submit your form to your child’s school secretary. 

Programming includes but is not limited to differentiated instruction in the classroom, enrichment programming during exploratory time, Running Start and independent study programs.

Chris Rust