Screening of Gifted Students

Part 2 of 3 of the Gifted Nomination, Gifted Screening, and Selection for Gifted Services.

Once all of the nomination process is complete, the second phase begins. The second phase is the screening. In our district we test every 2nd and 5th grader. We use the CogAT test. According to the CogAT website:

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a group-administered aptitude test for grades K-12 used to estimate students’ reasoning and problem solving skills. Unlike assessment tests which measure what a student has already learned, aptitude tests are designed to measure intellectual ability, focusing on analytic and problem solving skills rather than specific knowledge.

Once we have the test results from this we get a print out of all the students scores. The gifted department then goes through the scores to find students who have screening scores above 111. Students will fall into 2 categories:

  • Superior Cognitive Abilities (CogAT screening score of 114 and an identification score of 129 or higher)
  • Creative Thinking Abilities (CogAT screening score of 113)

The idea of the whole grade screening is to find as many gifted children as possible since the nomination of individual students can be hit and miss. This way two whole grades are tested, and we have data on several hundred students.

When an individual student was nominated for gifted screening we use one of two other testing materials. We will use either the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), or the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2). We use these tests because they are the best fit our children. Both tests are based on patters, pictures, and probabilities which children in urban settings do best with. If a student scores a 126 or higher on the OLSAT and a 126 or higher on the NNAT2 then the student falls into the Superior Cognitive Ability category. If a student scores 110 -125 on the OLSAT or a score of 109-125 on the NNAT2 the student falls into the category of Creative Ability. The selection process will be the same for these students as the ones who take and qualify with the CogAT.

If you have any questions about the screening process please feel free to contact your gifted intervention specialist.


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