In SPPS we assess students through the CogAT7 and the porfolio process. It is our intention to provide multiple measures for students to be assessed. When students are identified for Advanced Learner services this identification remains with them throughout their K-12 academic career in SPPS.
CogAT7 Testing takes place in the fall each school year.
All SPPS kindergarten and 2nd grade students take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT7). Students in grades 1, 3, 4 and 5 may take the test by nomination from a parent, teacher, family member of other knowledgeable adult. The CogAT7 measures general reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Examples of CogAT7 question types can be found here.
To nominate a student for the CogAT7 test, contact the student's teacher. They will forward all nominations to the school assessment coordinator.
If parents or guardians prefer that their child not participate in the test, notify the building principal in writing.
Upon completion of scoring and analysis, CogAT7 results are mailed home to families in late December/early January, usually around the time of Winter Break.
Students who are identified as Advanced Learners during one school year will have access to services that are available at their school site and will be eligible to apply for Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet for the following school year. Please contact your child's school directly to learn more about the services available for advanced learners. Please note: identification as an Advanced Learner does not guarantee enrollment at Capitol Hill.
Students who do not attend St. Paul Public Schools and live in the city of St. Paul, have the opportunity to be assessed through the portfolio process.