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Highly Capable Program

Washington's Highly Capable Program is a component of the state's program of basic education. School districts provide instruction, activities, and services that accelerate learning for young learners identified as Highly Capable. To be eligible for identification, students must be enrolled in a school district, charter school, or tribal-education compact school. Districts must define an educational program for Highly Capable students, and comply with specific program-related provisions that, integrated as a whole across the K–12 continuum, will deliver a comprehensive and equitable education for Highly Capable students.

The Legislature allocated the following amounts for Highly Capable education:

  • 2023: $33,887,000
  • 2022: $32,213,000
  • 2021: $31,551,000
  • 2020: $30,490,000

Guidance & Resources for Educators & Families

This page includes information on the gifted education specialty endorsement competencies, standards for gifted education, organizations and programs that support Highly Capable children, presentations, and reports.

Javits HiCapPLUS Professional Learning Modules for Educators

HiCapPLUS meets a critical need for professional learning, and technical assistance among teachers and administrators who serve Highly Capable children. The project is a grant award from the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program, U.S. Department of Education.

Advisory Committee for Gifted Education

Serving to advise OSPI on matters related to the K-12 education of Highly Capable students, the advisory committee prioritizes identification, program services, and professional development.

For previous meeting minutes, contact our office.

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