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    2019-20 First-Second Grade Testing Process

    Step-by-step guide to navigating the advanced learning referral and eligibility process.

    1. Referral and Test Scheduling
    2. CogAt Screening Form
    3. Full CogAt and Achievement Testing if required
    4. Eligibility Decision

    Referral and Test Scheduling

    This year, the referral window is: May 15 through September 23, 2019. Please refer your child by September 23, 2019.

    To refer your student, visit the Source. Once on the Source, click on the “Advanced Learning Testing” link. The Source is where parents complete information and schedule tests. It is also where parents learn if the child will be called back for more testing.

    The Source is our student information system; it displays attendance records, secondary student grades and schedules, and advanced learning referral forms and scheduling information.

    Accommodations: Parents or 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.

    CogAT Screening Form and Full CogAT

    The initial test you are scheduling for your child is a cognitive screener called the CogAT Screening Form. If your child scores in the roughly 94% on the screener, you will receive an email to check the Source in order to schedule further cognitive testing—the full CogAT—and, if needed, to also schedule an ITBS achievement test.

    What is CogAT?

    CogAT Screening Form is:

    • Three areas of the CogAT: Picture Analogies; Verbal Analogies; and Number Analogies
    • A paper and pencil test
    • Multiple choice, fill in the bubble
    • Untimed (can take up to 30-45 minutes)
    • Read to the child
    • Normed by the child’s birth date

    Full CogAT is:

    • All areas of the CogAt
    • Only given to students who scored roughly 94% on the CogAT Screening Form
    • A paper and pencil test
    • Multiple choice, fill in the bubble
    • A two hour test (approximately)
    • Read to the child
    • Normed by the child’s birth date

    Day of Test Information

    • Your child will not be allowed to bring anything into the testing environment. You will wait while your child tests in a small group with a proctor who will read the instructions.
    • On the day of your scheduled test, please arrive at the testing session 10-15 minutes early to check in. Look for posted signs to help guide you to the check-in location, which is typically the lunchroom or auditorium.

    Achievement Tests

    In addition to cognitive tests, students also need achievement tests. The following achievement tests are used in eligibility decisions:


    • MAP Math test
    • IOWA Math


    • MAP Reading (MAP is not used in HC eligibility decisions for 1st Grade.)
    • IOWA Reading

    MAP scores used in eligibility decisions are often MAP scores from the prior spring. 1st and 2nd grade students are not required by the district to take MAP tests in fall.

    If parents are prompted to schedule full CogAT, they may also be prompted to scheduled ITBS tests if there are no MAP scores on record.

    Test Rescheduling and Make ups

    Parents can reschedule each of their child’s testing dates (cognitive screening, full CogAT, or achievement testing) once per test if needed, using the Reschedule feature on the Source.

    Tests must be rescheduled up to 3 days before their child's scheduled test date. For example, if you are scheduled to test on Saturday and you need to reschedule, please do so by 11:59 PM on Wednesday night. Login to The Source to reschedule.

    At this time, it is Advanced Learning's policy not to offer make-up tests for students who miss a test scheduled by the parent, as parents had ample time to reschedule the test themselves beforehand. But we do understand that sometimes unavoidable circumstances may occur which would prevent your student from attending their scheduled test date. Read more about Missed Test Appeals

    Test Preparation

    You can prepare your child for testing in a number of ways. These 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.

    Eligibility Decisions

    Decisions are made by a committee called the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee (MSC). The committee analyzes available data for every child referred.

    Eligibility Results Notification

    For all parents who submitted a referral, or scheduled a test, via The Source, your student’s Eligibility Decision will be accessible in your Source account.

    For parents who submitted non-English referral forms, your Eligibility Decision will be sent to you by letter.


    Families of students who receive the results of Not Eligible for Advanced Learning services and programs, or eligible for Advanced Learner or Continuing Advanced Learner may appeal the committee's decision. Read more about appeals testing.

    Key Dates

    See our calendar webpage for upcoming dates and general referral and testing windows.