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Nomination/Referral Form

Process for Nomination, Screening, and Selection

The nomination, screening and selection processes are applied to all grades K-12 students accepted for Riverside School District Highly Capable services, including the S.O.A.R. Program. Multiple criteria for eligibility into the program will be consistent, fair, and equitable. The selection process is consistent with WAC 180-40-215 (1) prohibiting unlawful discrimination.

  • All second graders take the Cognitive Abilities Screening Test (CogAT Screener) in March.  Parents may opt their child out of testing, if they choose. The opt-out form is sent home with all second graders prior to testing. 

  • Nominations of students are permitted from any source, including staff, students, parents and community members. Nomination forms are available at the elementary, middle school, high school, and district offices and online. Fill out the the nomination form and return it to the school secretary during the January/February referral window.

  • Parental permission must be obtained in writing before any assessments to determine eligibility are conducted.

  • Screening procedures will be applied equitably and systematically to all nominated students. The final ranking system will provide and equal opportunity to include students whose scores may not have been available.

  • Screening procedures may eliminate students from whom there exists clear, current evidence that the student will not qualify for eligibility.

  • The Multi-Disciplinary Team reviews all the screening data and determines which students are to continue the eligibility process.

  • State, district-wide and curriculum-based assessment data will be utilized in the selection process. The Cognitive Abilities Screening and Testing tools will also be used.

  • The Multi-Disciplinary Team reviews all data and, using state guidelines, makes the final selection for participation into the highly capable program. If properly validated, tests are not available, the professional judgment of the qualified district personnel shall determine student eligibility based upon other evidence of cognitive ability, academic achievement and exceptional creativity. This will be documented in writing.

  • A continuum of services will be provided through grade twelve.


Qualification for Highly Capable Services

  • Both verbal and quantitative CogAT scores, or
  • CogAT composite score, or
  • SBA scores.


Parent Notification of Eligibility

Letters of eligibility/ineligibility along with student scores are mailed home.


Highly Capable Appeal Procedure

Parents may appeal the decision of the Multi-Disciplinary Team to the Riverside Superintendent within 10 days of the receipt of the notification letter of denial of services. Parents will be requested to put in writing the factors they wish the Superintendent to consider.



 Students may retest given the following conditions:

  • It has been over 9 months since the student last tested, and
  • The student is enrolled in at least one grade level higher than when they last tested.

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Riverside School District



(509) 464-8206
The Riverside School District No. 416 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Sammy Jo Griggs, Director of Special Programs, (509) 464-8204, Section 504/ADA Coordinators: Caroline Raymond, (509)-464-8366 (P-5th) & Beth Heglin (509)-464-8526 (6th-12th & ISP) at 34515 N. Newport Hwy., Chattaroy, WA 99003. PER RCW 9.41.270 RIVERSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS A "GUN-FREE ZONE."
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