GT Testing All students in Kinder, 2nd and 6th will take a universal screener this Fall. The assessment is the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) which is designed to measure cognitive ability. DPS uses it as a universal screener because the NNAT is designed to be a linguistically and culturally neutral measure of cognitive ability. Results will come home as soon as they are available - in prior years they have come directly from the GT department downtown, but you can contact me if you have any questions.
HGT Nomination There is a Fall and a Spring HGT nomination window. Please nominate your student if you are interested in attending an HGT magnet program. Nominated students will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) over multiple days, during the regular school day. Tests will be administered by myself, Robin Tobin and our other GT specialist, Julie Young. The nomination window deadlines are firm.
Identification For both the NNAT and the CogAT, cut scores of 95-96 percentile can identify a student for school-based GT services and cut scores of 97 or above can identify a student for either school-based services or for admittance to an HGT magnet school. Test scores are not stand-alone indicators; they must be part of a comprehensive body of evidence.
Advanced Learning Plans ALP formalize the supports and strategies that are used with our formally identified GT and HGT students. ALPs are written and reviewed each year and will be available to parents in October. Parent input is a critical part of the process and can be added at any time; please complete and return theparent input form to firstname.lastname@example.org
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