Testing Forms for IDS


Testing Forms for IDS

posted Jun 1, 2017, 10:28 AM by MZ Thomas Green   [ updated Jul 23, 2019, 11:09 AM ]

   If you are interested in your child testing for placement in one of CFSD gifted programs, testing permission forms are attached below.  Please download or get a copy from our school office, and have your child return it to his/her homeroom teacher. 
   Shown below are the different opportunities to take the CogAT during the school year: 
        August: Grades 2-5. 
        January: Grades K-1 and 3-5. 
        Apri/May: Only currently enrolled IDS 5th graders for
                        Middle school placement.

 K-2 Optional Testing   Math and reading placement decisions are based on district measures of classroom performance and achievement.  In line with state law, a test of abstract reasoning ability such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is also offered.   
   Since classroom performance tends to be a more reliable indicator of instructional need -vs- a cognitive ability testing in the primary grades, CFSD does not require scores from an abstract reasoning ability test, like the CogAT for placement in extended reading or math groups in the primary grades, K-2.

3rd-5th Testing:
Pull-out program IDS (Interdisciplinary Studies)
As CogAt test scores are valid for 2 years, students may only take the CogAT at this time if they did not already test this year or last year. Students should report to the IDS room (follow the signs) between 7:00-7:15 am.  Ventana IDS Room #103 or Manzanita Room #23.   Permission forms can be obtained in the school office or online at: https://www.cfsd16.org/index.php/academics/student-support-services/gifted-programming 
As a way to prepare prior to testing, you can Google CogAT sample tests for the grade level your child will be testing. This will expose your child to the format and structure of this kind of test, and perhaps help them feel more comfortable on our testing days. Our school district is currently using the CogAT form 7 at grades 3-5. 
Because the CogAT is testing the level of cognitive reasoning skills your child has developed and practiced over the course of his/her entire life, purchasing testing material is not recommended as a way to help your child prepare. Exposing your child to the online test examples, a good night's rest, a hearty breakfast, and encouraging them to give their best effort on all of the questions is the most assured way to get the best results.

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