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Edmonds School District

Referral Period, Testing Dates, Identification, and Appeals Process

the 2024/2025 referral period is open through October 31st 2024.


The testing date for private school students is on Saturday, December 7, 2024.

Students not enrolled in the Edmonds School District, but are living in the district and are either attending private schools or are homeschooled, will test on December 7th with the private school group. 


School Testing Dates for 2024-2025 School Year

School 2024 NNAT3 2nd and 6th Graders in their Classrooms 2024 CogAT = K-1, 3-5th, 7th Grades in the Library or Other Large Space
All Middle Schools N/A Nov 5th
Beverly Nov 19th Nov 19th
Brier Nov 20th Nov 20th
Cedar Valley Nov 21st Nov 21st
Cedar Way Nov 18th Nov 18th
Chase Lake Dec 2nd Dec 2nd
College Place Elem Dec 5th Dec 5th
Edmonds Elem Nov 6th Nov 6th
Edmonds Heights K-12 Dec 3rd Dec 3rd
Hazelwood Dec 10th Dec 10th
Hilltop Dec 9th Dec 9th
Lynndale Dec 11th Dec 11th
Lynnwood Elem Dec 12th Dec 12th
Madrona K-8 Dec 16th Dec 16th

Maplewood K-8  Co-op

Nov 26th Nov 26th
Martha Lake Dec 18th Dec 18th
Meadowdale Dec 17th Dec 17th
Mountlake Terrace Elem Dec 19th Dec 19th
Oak Heights Nov 7th Nov 7th
Seaview Nov 12th Nov 12th
Sherwood Nov 13th Nov 13th
Spruce Nov 25th Nov 25th
Terrace Park Dec 4th Dec 4th
Westgate Nov 14th Nov 14th





Students enrolled in Edmonds School District schools will be tested in their schools during the school day.

Students in 2nd and 6th grade will be tested without any referrals or permission forms needed. If you do not want your 2nd or 6th grader tested, you will need to notify your child's teacher by September 15th. 

Students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd-5th and 7th grades will need to  have Referral and Permission to Test forms completed no later than October 31st in order to test. 

In order to have a student assessed for the Highly Capable Programs, students must either attend an Edmonds School District school or must live within the Edmonds School District boundary, be at least in kindergarten, complete a Referral form, and submit all required documents to the Highly Capable Department prior to the deadline of October 31st at 4:30 p.m.

Students may be referred by themselves, other students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Parent/guardian permission is required prior to testing. Referred students in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd-5th and 7th will be tested using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Grades 2nd and 6th will take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3). The test administrators and proctors are trained to look for any barriers to a true picture of a child's cognitive ability, especially for the under-served or under-represented populations of our District. Barriers could be emerging English language, cultural background or any other factor that might distort the test. Proctors will make a note of any discrepancy on a student's test and then share with the Program Administrator. If there is a reason to believe that we need to look at the child's ability in some other way, the information will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Placement Committee.  

The Highly Capable Program for elementary students is a self-contained full-time District program located at Terrace Park Elementary. The Gifted Middle School Program is housed at Brier Terrace Middle School and is a mix of self-contained and combined classes. These programs are for students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. These Cognitive Abilities Tests serve as tools in the screening process for the program.

Please note:  Private individual testing cannot be used in place of the group CogAT or NNAT3 tests. All students wanting acceptance into Highly Capable Programs must take the CogAT or NNAT3 given by Edmonds School District proctors

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Highly Capable Program Specialist