On December 4th, 5th and 6th, all fifth grade students will participate in the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). December 6th, 7th and 8th, all third students will participate in CogAT. The CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students' reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student's academic achievement, but their potential.
The test is made up of three batteries - Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each battery takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The CogAT helps educators understand a student's cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student. No special preparation is required. Just send your child to school ready to learn as you do daily.
The Gift and Talented Education Program will use the data from the CogAT as one criterion for placement into fourth grade Gifted/Talented mathematics classes and middle school Gifted/Talented content classes. Students' individual scores will be reported to parents in late February/early March.
Please contact Alexcia Redd (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about your child's involvement with the CogAT assessment.