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Parent Notification and Consent
This is a notification that all 2nd grade students have the opportunity to be screened for potential Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification. The district will utilize the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Pre-screener, as the initial screening tool in the GATE identification process.
The 2nd grade CogAT Pre-screener is a timed, multiple choice online assessment that takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. The CogAT is a test of general reasoning ability and indicates how students learn new tasks and solve problems, particularly when given little or no direct instruction. The reasoning abilities measured are in the areas of verbal (words), quantitative (numbers), and non-verbal (puzzles and shapes) reasoning. Based on the results of the CogAT Pre-screener, your child may be eligible to participate in the CogAT Post-screener. The CogAT Post-screener is one of multiple measures used for GATE identification.
Due to distance learning, CogAT screening will be conducted remotely through Zoom. During the test, CogAT proctors will utilize the webcam and microphone of your student's computer to monitor student progress and record the screening session.
To be effective, remote testing requires that parents and students adhere to a strict code of conduct. As your student's adult supervisor, you are responsible for ensuring a quiet and distraction-free testing environment.
Remove all textbooks, calculators, mobile devices, and other educational materials.
Tests are only to be taken by the assigned students.
Students are not to receive assistance on tests from any individual or resource while testing.
The test content provided to your student must be treated as secure and confidential.
Only the student should have visual access to the assessment given.
Photographs, photocopies, screen captures, verbal discussions, written comments, or other reproduction of any portion of the assessment are NOT permitted - before, during, or after testing.
These activities are considered a breach of copyright and will be treated as such.
The CogAT Pre-screener is scheduled for Monday, February 22nd through Friday, March 19th.
CogAT Pre-screening is optional. If you do not want your child to participate in CogAT screening please contact your child's school counselor by Friday, February 19th to opt-out.