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, CST, and DWA scores we also require a teacher recommendation.
ALPS Qualification Criteria
- Native English Speakers
- Redesignated English Learner Students (RFEP)
- Limited Proficiency English Learner Students (LEP)
- NES Teacher Recommendation Form
- EL Teacher Recommendation Form
Not in NVUSD!
“Children already come to us differentiated. It just makes sense that we would differentiate our instruction in response to them.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson
In ALPS we review multiple data points to assist in the qualification process. Our learners are diverse and need to be assessed in ways that identify their strengths. Multiple types of assessments are needed to achieve this.