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Advanced Learning Testing Process



All K-8 students referred to Advanced Learning will be tested in order to determine eligibility for Advanced Learning programs and services.

All students are required to take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screening Form and/or the CogAT Full Battery (depending on grade level and scores). Some students may be required to take Achievement Tests if they do not have current achievement scores administered by the Seattle Public Schools in 2017.

We have outlined the process for each of these testing phases below.



Advanced Learning K-2nd Grade Testing Process


All referred students in grades K – 2 will be scheduled to take the Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Screening Form. Students who score at or above the 94th percentile will be scheduled for further testing on the full CogAT battery. Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Screening Form test administrations will occur on Saturdays from early September through mid-October.

Parents/Guardians of children whose referrals for Advanced Learning Testing indicated needed accommodations (IEPs, 504s, or "Other") will be contacted individually to arrange testing. Students needing accommodations will not be tested on Saturdays and most will be tested at their home school, during the school day.

CogAT Screening Form Results


When Screening Form results have been processed, parents/guardians of students whose scores are at or above the 94th percentile will receive an email prompting them to login to the Source and schedule a full CogAT test. Full CogAT battery test administrations will occur on Saturdays from early September through mid-December.



Advanced Learning Grades 3-8 Testing Process


All referred students in grades 3 – 8 will be scheduled to take the full CogAT battery. Full CogAT battery test administrations will occur on Saturdays from early September through mid-December.

Again, Parents/Guardians of children whose referrals for Advanced Learning Testing indicated needed accommodations (IEPs, 504s, or "Other") will be contacted individually to arrange testing. Students needing accommodations will not be tested on Saturdays and most will be tested at their home school, during the school day.



Achievement Testing


Achievement scores are required for a student to be considered for Advanced Learning eligibility.

The Advanced Learning Office will determine who needs achievement tests based on the following criteria:
  • All Non-Seattle Public School students will be required to take an Advanced Learning administered achievement test.
  • All Seattle Public School students, grades K-2, whose scores are at or above the 94th percentile on the Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Screener Form will be required to take an Advanced Learning administered achievement test.
  • All Seattle Public School students, grades 1-8, who do not have current achievement scores (administered by the Seattle Public Schools in 2017) will be required to take an Advanced Learning administered achievement test.

Like the CogAT test scheduling, parents/guardians of students who meet the above criteria, will receive an email prompting them to login to the Source and schedule an Achievement test. Achievement test administrations will occur on Saturdays in early December.

Please Note: SPS Kindergartners will be taking MAP achievement tests in November/December of 2017. It is required that all Kindergartners who are referred to Advanced Learning participate in this testing cycle at their school.




Testing Locations


This year Advanced Learning will be testing at five conveniently located schools throughout the district. Click here to learn more about these school locations.

Test Preparation


While there is nothing your student needs to do to study for the Advanced Learning testing process, there are a number of things you can do to prepare your child for the day of testing. Those include a good night’s sleep, relaxed attitude, and good nutrition/hydration on testing day. Food and drinks are not allowed in testing rooms, but a short break is scheduled for water and bathroom.

We do not recommend that families purchase test preparation materials. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers brief descriptions of the Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal Batteries of CogAT Form 7 and free sample questions for each subtest at:
http://www.hmhco.com/hmh-assessments/ability/cogat-7#overview-content2

There are also a wide variety of free practice questions available online by searching "CogAT Practice Questions."

Testing Day Instructions


As you enter the school building, you will see signs guiding you to the sign-in area. Tables will be set up in the sign-in area. Signs will guide you to the appropriate area for signing-in your child.

You will then be asked to go with your child to a designated waiting area, a cafeteria or library where you will wait with other parents/guardians and their children.

The test administrator will gather the children who will be tested together and escort the children to their testing location. Parents/Guardians whose children are taking the Screening Form will remain in the waiting area for their children's return. Parents/Guardians whose children are taking the Full Battery may choose to remain in the waiting area or may choose leave the building for a portion of the testing time. No parents/guardians will be allowed in the testing area.

For students in kindergarten through second grade, the initial Screening Form test will take approximately 45 minutes. For students taking the full CogAT (all in grades 3-8, and those K-2 students returning for the full CogAT) the test will take approximately two and one-half hours. Appropriate breaks will be given during the testing period. When the testing period is finished, students will be directed or escorted back to the waiting area to rejoin their parents/guardians. You are then free to leave. There will be no need to sign out.


Important Additional Resources for the Advanced Learning Eligibility Decision Process:

Enrollment Information
Submitting a Referral
Testing
Results
Appeals Process
FAQ
News
Resources
Contact Advanced Learning

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