The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
Universal screening using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) occurs in the 3rd grade for all NVUSD Students. Students are tested on their verbal, quantitative (mathematical), and non-verbal reasoning. The CogAT is a nationally normed test which means that it compares your child’s results with other children across the United States.
Why use the CogAT to identify Advanced Learners?
The ALPS office is responsible for having an identification process in place that is representative of ALL of our NVUSD students. Our goal is to provide resources to school sites to meet the needs of all advanced learners during the school day. To accomplish this, we have developed qualification criteria based upon second language acquisition research, input from the English Learner Services director, Ivan Chaidez, and input from a teacher focus group. This collaboration along with student data has made it clear that we need appropriate criteria to accomplish equitable identification. In some cases, in addition to CogAT, SMI, SRI and ICA scores we also require a teacher recommendation.
- Native English Speakers
- Redesignated English Learner Students (RFEP)
- Limited Proficiency English Learner Students (LEP)
- NES Teacher Recommendation Form
- EL Teacher Recommendation Form