Assessment Procedure Outline

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 6:

    • Administered to Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Students who move-in to our district in Grade 1
    • Kindergarten students take the CogAT during the second semester of school, in January
    • Grade 2 takes the CogAT in the late fall of the school year
    • The test is in a booklet form and administered by the classroom teacher
    • High ability building reps collect all booklets
    • The high ability coordinator sends booklets for scoring
    • A pool of eligible students is selected from test results

    Otis-Lennon School Ability Test 8th Edition (OLSAT) testing cycle:

    • Administered to Grades 5 and 8 as well as students who move-in to the district in Grades 3, 4, 6, or 7
    • This is an online assessment, administered by classroom teachers
    • A pool of eligible students is selected from online test results

    Scales for Identification of Gifted Students (SIGS):

    • Completed by grade level teachers for the pool of eligible students identified by the OLSAT test in Grades 5 and 8; and for eligible Kindergarten and Grade 2 students as shown by the CogAT  
    • This is a rating scale scored in a booklet form
    • Only areas of math and/or language arts are scored
    • Collected by building representatives and given to district coordinator
    • This is a qualitative measure used for decision-making in identifying students who have scores on either the norm-referenced measure of ability or achievement fall just below the cut score

    Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)

    • Administered to all students grades Kindergarten through Grade 8
    • Spring scores for the school year are used for high ability identification
    • Reading and mathematics scores are utilized in identification for Kindergarten and Grade 2
    • Reading, Mathematics, and Language scores are utilized in identification for Grades 5 and 8