• Interested in Highly Capable Testing 2018-2019?

    Kindergarten Screening: Shoreline screens all kindergarten students for highly capable program eligibility in the fall. Information will be sent home with kindergarten students mid-September. For more information about dates and opt out information, click here.

    New Student Testing: Shoreline will also provide an optional highly capable testing opportunity for NEW SHORELINE STUDENTS ONLY November 26 - December 14, 2018. This testing opportunity is only for students new to Shoreline schools this fall and did not already participate in hi-cap testing for this school year. See our Hi-Cap Testing Schedule for more information. 

    2nd grade Testing: Shoreline will screen all 2nd grade students for highly capable program eligibility in the Spring. Information will be sent home with 2nd grade students later in the year and information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

    Testing for all Shoreline Students: For all other Shoreline students, Shoreline will provide an optional testing opportunity for highly capable program eligibility in the Spring. Notifications will be sent out district-wide via email and through school newsletters. Click here for a link to registration.

    Summer Testing: Summer testing will be aavilable to new Shoreline Students only who did not participate in Spring 2019 testing. Please plan accordingly!


    Testing in 2019-2020: Please check back over the summer for information on testing schedules for the 19-20 school year.

General Testing Information

  • What assessments are used in eligibility determination?

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students from kindergarten through grade 12. The test measures student’s learned reasoning abilities. The questions on CogAT require students to demonstrate their verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.

    • The Verbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning.
    • The Quantitative Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking.
    • The Nonverbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content.

    Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

    The Iowa Test (ITBS) is used in grades K-12 to assess a student's educational progress in such areas as vocabulary, reading, math and science (note: Shoreline administers the Reading and Math protions of the ITBS only for highly capable assessment). The test is tailored specifically for different grade levels. Developed by the College of Education at the University of Iowa, the ITBS can help supplement teachers in their observations about student capabilities, such as what a student’s most and least developed skills are. The ITBS has been in use since 1935.

    The test is available at different levels for students at different grade levels. The batteries aim to help determine how prepared students are for academic instruction, what individual accommodations may be necessary, which students may require early intervention, and to determine each student’s individual baseline of achievement. 

    Other Information:

    • Students must attend the entire testing session to be considered eligible for the HiCap program
    • If a family emergency, illness, unforeseen circumstance, etc. arises please contact our office at your earlier convenience either by phone at 206-393-4536 or
    • Detailed testing letters will be sent out prior to your testing day.
    • Testing Times: Approximate Testing Times 

HiCap Eligibility Guidelines

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