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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.



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