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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 a cognitive screening assessment 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.

    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 a cognitive screening assessment. Students who score in the superior range will be scheduled for further testing on the full CogAT battery. Test administrations will occur on Saturdays from early September through mid-December, except for students requiring testing accommodations.

    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 requiring accommodations will not be tested on Saturdays and most will be tested at their home school during the school day.

    Cognitive Screening Results

    When cognitive screening assessment results have been processed, parents/guardians of students whose scores are in the superior range will receive an email prompting them to login to the Source and schedule a full CogAT. Full CogAT test administrations will occur on Saturdays from mid-October through mid-December, except for students requiring testing accommodations (see above).

    Advanced Learning Grades 3-8 Testing Process

    All referred students in grades 3 – 8 will be scheduled to take the full CogAT. Full CogAT 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 requiring 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 if cognitive assessment is in the qualifying range.
    • All referred kindergarten students whose cognitive screening result is in the superior range are required to take a reading achievement test (the Iowa Test/ITBS).
    • All Seattle Public School students, grades 1-8, who do not have current achievement scores (administered by the Seattle Public Schools in the Spring or Fall of 2018) will be required to take an Advanced Learning administered achievement test if cognitive assessments are in the qualifying range.

    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: All Kindergartners who are referred to Advanced Learning are required to participate in MAP testing, taking place in January 2019.



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