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Testing for G/T and Math Placement

A norm-referenced assessment allows comparison of a student's skills to others in his/her age group.  Results from the assessments below are used for placement in the Gifted and Talented program and Intermediate and Middle School Mathematics.

Assessment Description Use What Test is Given
CogAT The CogAT is an aptitude test that measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Its primary goal is to assess students’ reasoning abilities. Reasoning abilities have substantial correlations with learning and problem solving. 

Gifted and Talented Placement

Intermediate Math Placement

CogAT is administered to all 4th grade students in October.  4th grade results are used for 5th grade math placement.
Iowa Assessment (ITBS)

 

The Iowa Assessment (ITBS) assess how students in grades K-8 are progressing in the key academic areas of reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. This assessment provides national percentile scores in each academic area tested.

 

Gifted and Talented Placement

Intermediate Math Placement

Iowa Assessment (ITBS) is administered to all 4th grade students in October.  4th grade results are used for 5th grade math placement.
Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)

The NNAT is an aptitude test that is a nonverbal measure of general ability and a predictor of scholastic achievement.  It is appropriate for students from diverse cultural and language backgrounds including students with limited English proficiency, non-English speakers, and socially or economically disadvantaged students.  

Option for Gifted and Talented Placement  Can be administered for additional measures in gifted and talented placement.
Kingore Observation Inventory (KOI) The KOI is an instrument designed to assist in the identification of gifted students through observations of the following gifted behaviors: Advanced language, analytical thinking, meaning motivation, perspective, sense of humor, sensitivity, and accelerated learning.   Option for Gifted and Talented Placement  Can be administered for additional measures in gifted and talented placement.  
Teacher and Parent/Guardian Observation of Gifted Characteristics

The Teacher and Parent/Guardian Observations provide perspectives regarding the creativity, motivational, learning, and leadership characteristics observed in settings inside and outside of the school setting.  

Option for Gifted and Talented Placement  Can be administered for additional measures in gifted and talented placement.
Portfolios, Interviews, References Portfolios, or collections of students' work, along with interviews and/or reference from peers and community members may be requested by the G/T Specialist or Screening Committee as needed for placement determination.   Option for Gifted and Talented Placement Can be administered for additional measures in gifted and talented placement.