Uh, I see this about the webpage: "...remove unnecessarily repetitive or outdated material,.." Meaning, we got rid of a lot of historical information that might have explained many things. Don't worry, we're still here at SSCF.
From SPS Communications:
SEATTLE-As school begins and the nomination window for Advanced Learning services opens, the Advanced Learning Office has initiated several enhancements to benefit Seattle Public Schools families: changing some service and program names and streamlining its series of web pages.
These changes are designed to help the Advanced Learning Office more effectively communicate with families of current and potential advanced learners. Strengthening school, family and community engagement is the third goal of the District’s five-year Strategic Plan.
The Advanced Learning nomination window for eligibility testing opened Sept. 1, with an information packet, including required forms, available for download at www.seattleschools.org/
The parent permission form deadline for eligibility testing is Oct. 2.
Advanced Learning is rolling out several name changes, transitioning over the course of this school year. The most prominent change is the phasing out of the name Accelerated Progress Program, or APP, which is frequently confused with the unrelated Advanced Placement (AP) program of college-level coursework offered at District high schools. Name changes and additional rationale include:
Highly Capable (formerly Academically Highly Gifted)
Highly Capable is the designation assigned to students whose achievement test scores are at or above the 95th percentile and whose cognitive test scores are at or above the 98th percentile. The renamed designation more closely matches language used by the state in reference to these learners.
Highly Capable Services (formerly Accelerated Progress Program)
These are the services offered to all students who meet eligibility criteria for a Highly Capable designation, including but not limited to enrollment in self-contained classrooms. The new name more effectively conforms to Seattle Public Schools superintendent procedures that define “services” as required offerings and “programs” as optional, and it reflects recent Washington Administrative Code regulation updates that require districts to serve Highly Capable students at all schools.
Highly Capable Cohort (formerly Accelerated Progress Program)
The Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP) refers specifically to the self-contained classrooms offered in a limited number of schools and providing a rigorous curriculum for students who meet the Highly Capable criteria.
“This new name demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the self-contained delivery model which has long been the centerpiece of our services for Seattle’s most highly capable students,” said Stephen Martin, supervisor of Highly Capable Services.
This commitment has been affirmed by the Advanced Learning Task Force, a group of educators, parents and community members who met over the past school year. The task force, in its August 2014 recommendations, unanimously supported the continuation of self-contained classes and the name change to Highly Capable Cohort as a way to distinguish the self-contained model from other Highly Capable Services offered Districtwide.
Advanced Learner or Spectrum (formerly Academically Gifted)
Advanced Learner is the designation assigned to students whose achievement and cognitive test scores are at or above the 87th percentile but who are not eligible for Highly Capable Services. This is the eligibility threshold for the District’s Spectrum program. (The name Spectrum will remain in place.)
Web page enhancements
The Advanced Learning web pages on the Seattle Public Schools website have been streamlined to reflect the program and service name changes, remove unnecessarily repetitive or outdated material, and improve access and understanding for all readers as the District strives to enhance family outreach as part of its Strategic Plan.
The Advanced Learning Office will continue to update and enhance the web pages. The office welcomes feedback from the entire Seattle Public Schools community.