PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE 2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THIS INFORMATION MAY CHANGE DUE TO CONDITIONS RELATED TO MAINTAINING THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS AND STAFF.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no CogAT7 screening or testing this fall. Therefore, to determine student eligibility for Advanced Learner services TDAS will partner with schools to screen all kindergarten students using the Portfolio Assessment process this school year.
As in any school year, students in grades 1 - 5 may also be nominated by SPPS staff members, family members or a community member for assessment via the Portfolio.
More details about the process will be provided to families by schools in December. All interested families are encouraged to contact their child's teacher or school for more information or to request a Portfolio assessment.
Portfolio assessments will be completed and submitted during the regular Portfolio window from December 14, 2020, through January 29, 2021. (Please note this date has been extended one week longer than initially advertised.)
If families of kindergarten students prefer that their student does not participate in the Portfolio Assessment, they should inform their student’s principal with a written note or email indicating that choice.
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.
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.