• Grades K-1 Identification Process 
     
    Students already enrolled in kindergarten or first grade may participate in the highly capable identification process in the fall of each school year.  This comprehensive identification process uses multiple, objective assessments.
     

    Assessment
     

    Assessments used for placement in this program are:

    • TESTING PHASE I - Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 Screener (administered paper/pencil)
      • The CogAT Screening Form consists of three of the nine subtests from the complete CogAT test, including Verbal/Picture Analogies, Number Analogies, and Figure Matrices.  See samples here.

        Each subtest includes practice questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the subtests. These practice questions help students gain familiarity with the item formats and how to complete the different reasoning tasks.

        No reading is required of students in any of the subtests. Students review the pictorial questions and answer choices and click or fill in the circle under the picture that answers the question. The test is not timed, but each subtest takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

        Students who meet the initial criteria for their grade level will be invited back to participate in Testing Phase II, the CogAT Post Screener. 

    • TESTING PHASE II - Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 Post-Screener (administered paper/pencil)
      • the CogAT Post-Screener consists of the remaining six subtests of the complete CogAT. The complete CogAT measures students' learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most closely related to success in school: 
        • The Verbal Battery measures students’ abilities to reason with verbal images and concepts. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks. 
        • The Quantitative Battery measures students’ abilities to reason with quantitative symbols and concepts. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem solving in mathematics and other disciplines.
        • The Nonverbal Battery measures students’ abilities to reason with geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must accurately implement strategies for solving novel problems.
      • The three separate batteries provide a broad perspective on each student’s learned reasoning abilities, identifying cognitive strengths and weaknesses.  See samples here.  

        Each subtest includes practice questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the subtests. These practice questions help students gain familiarity with the item formats and how to complete the different reasoning tasks.

        No reading is required of students in any of the subtests. Students review the pictorial questions and answer choices and then fill in or click the circle under the picture that answers the question. The test is not timed, but each subtest takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

    • HOPE Teacher Rating Scale
      •  the HOPE Teacher Rating Scale is designed to help guide teachers in identifying highly capable students.

    Selection
     
    A multi-disciplinary selection committee will review the collected assessment data and make placement decisions. Services will commence in the current school year.
     

    Exit Process and Appeals
     
    For information on the exit process and/or appeals, please refer to the Highly Capable Program Forms page.