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Advanced Learning Testing Process



All K-8 students referred to Advanced Learning will be tested in order to determine eligibility for Advanced Learning programs and services.

All students are required to take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screening Form and/or the CogAT Full Battery (depending on grade level and scores). Some students may need to take Tests if there are no scores on file from tests taken within the last calendar year.

ADVANCED LEARNING TESTING SCHEDULE UPDATE

We have outlined the process for each of these testing phases below.



Advanced Learning K-2nd Grade Referral and Testing Process


All referred students in grades K – 2 will be scheduled to take the CogAT Screening Form. Students who score at or above the 94th percentile will be scheduled for further testing on the full CogAT battery.

Testing dates will be scheduled as soon as possible after the October 6th referral deadline.
You can expect to receive an email notifying you of your student’s testing date and time at least two weeks prior to your child’s testing date.

Children whose referrals for Advanced Learning Testing indicated needed accommodations (IEPs, 504s, or "Other") will NOT receive an email regarding testing. Each family will be contacted individually. Students needing accommodations will not be tested on Saturdays and most will be tested at their home school, during the school day.



CogAT Screening Form Results


When Screening Form results have been processed, students whose scores are at or above the 94th percentile will receive a second testing appointment to complete the full CogAT, specifying test date and time. Expect that this email will arrive at least two weeks prior your child’s testing date.



CogAT Testing Appointments


All referred students in grades 3 – 8 will be scheduled to take the full CogAT battery. Testing administrations will occur on Saturdays from early October through mid-January. Students’ testing dates, times and locations will be determined by their grade, the volume of students being tested, and the testing location that is nearest to a student’s home address or school.

Each student will be assigned one specific time and date for CogAT testing. Please do everything you can to make sure your child attends testing on the day, time and location assigned. If your child cannot attend that specific date and time – only one make-up date and time will be assigned per student. Due to the high volume of tests to be administered no additional rescheduling will be accommodated. If your child cannot make either the initial scheduling time or the make-up date and time, then you will need to wait until the next school year to resubmit your child’s referral for consideration.

Again, children whose referrals for Advanced Learning Testing indicated needed accommodations (IEPs, 504s, or "Other") will NOT receive an email regarding testing. Each family will be contacted individually. Students needing accommodations will not be tested on Saturdays and most will be tested at their home school, during the school day.



Achievement Testing


Achievement scores are needed for a student to be considered for Advanced Learning eligibility.

For those students needing achievement testing who do not have scores from district administered achievement tests, the following information applies:
  • If you have scores you have not yet sent, please send them to advlearn@seattleschools.org right away. (Achievement scores must be grade-based and state or nationally normed.)
  • We will schedule achievement testing for only those students who need it for eligibility evaluation.

Like the CogAT test scheduling, students who have no recent achievement scores be assigned one specific time and date for Achievement testing. Please do everything you can to make sure your child attends testing on the day, time and location assigned. If your child cannot attend that specific date and time – only one make up date and time will be assigned per student. Due to the high volume of tests to be administered, no additional rescheduling will be accommodated. If your child cannot make either the initial scheduling time or the make up date and time, then you will need to wait until the next school year to resubmit your child’s referral for consideration.




Testing Locations


This year Advanced Learning will be testing at four conveniently located schools throughout the district.

Central Seattle
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
2401 S Irving St, Seattle, WA 98144

North Seattle
Whitman Middle School
9201 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Southeast Seattle
South Shore K-8 School
4800 S Henderson St, Seattle, WA 98118

West Seattle
Pathfinder K-8 School
1901 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98106


Test Preparation


While there is nothing your student needs to do to study for the Advanced Learning testing process, there are a number of things you can do to prepare your child for the day of testing. Those include a good night’s sleep, relaxed attitude, and good nutrition/hydration on testing day. Food and drinks are not allowed in testing rooms, but a short break is scheduled for water and bathroom.

We do not recommend that families purchase test preparation materials. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers brief descriptions of the Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal Batteries of CogAT Form 7 and free sample questions for each subtest at:
http://www.hmhco.com/hmh-assessments/ability/cogat-7#overview-content2

There are also a wide variety of free practice questions available online by searching "CogAT Practice Questions."

Testing Day Instructions



As you enter the school building, you will see signs guiding you to the sign-in area. Tables will be set up in the sign-in area. Signs will guide you to the appropriate area for signing-in your child.

You will then be asked to go with your child to a designated waiting area, a cafeteria or library where you will wait with other parents/guardians and their children.

The test administrator will gather the children who will be tested together and escort the children to their testing location. Parents/Guardians whose children are taking the Screening Form will remain in the waiting area for their children's return. Parents/Guardians whose children are taking the Full Battery may choose to remain in the waiting area or may choose leave the building for a portion of the testing time. No parents/guardians will be allowed in the testing area.

For students in kindergarten through second grade, the test will take approximately 45 minutes. For students in third through eighth grades, the test will take approximately two and one-half hours. Appropriate breaks will be given during the testing period. When the testing period is finished, students will be directed or escorted back to the waiting area to rejoin their parents/guardians. You are then free to leave. There will be no need to sign out.


Important Additional Resources for the Advanced Learning Eligibility Decision Process:

Enrollment Information
Submitting a Referral
Testing
Results
Appeals Process
FAQ
News
Resources
Contact Advanced Learning

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