Screening criteria - Students performing at the 85th percentile on the STAR test in reading or math, a rating of "4" on the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP), or, for younger students, a Test Reading Comprehension (TRC) rating of "Above Proficiency" for further evaluation for gifted services. Private and home-schooled students may submit previous test scores (no more than one-year old) or outside test results if you have had your child tested privately or by another school district. WE DO NOT SUGGEST NOR RECOMMEND SEEKING OUTSIDE TESTING FOR PURPOSES OF MEETING THE SCREENING CRITERIA.
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN 1ST THROUGH 5TH GRADE AND CURRENTLY ATTENDING A SCHOOL IN THE BELLEVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT, DO NOT REQUEST THIS INFORMATION FROM YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER. WE HAVE ALREADY ACCESSED THIS INFORMATION AND SENT LETTERS TO STUDENTS MEETING THIS CRITERIA. You may, however, submit previous test scores (no more than one-year old) or outside test results if you have had your child tested privately or by another school district. WE DO NOT SUGGEST NOR RECOMMEND SEEKING OUTSIDE TESTING FOR PURPOSES OF MEETING THE SCREENING CRITERIA.
The Cognitive Abilities Test - Form 7 (CogAT-7) and the Iowa Assessments are administered to students who have applied for gifted services and met the screening criteria. Total testing time is 5 1/2 to 6 hours, depending on the child's grade level. Within that time frame are frequent water and snack breaks and a lunch break with recess.
The CogAT-7 measures general and specific reasoning abilities in three areas: verbal - reasoning with words and sentences, quantitative - quantitative concepts and relations and nonverbal - figural concepts expressed in pictures.
The CogAT-7 is divided into three batteries - verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative. Each battery consists of three subtests. Each subtest requires about 10 - 30 minutes. Timing for the first graders is approximate and paced to the needs of the particular group. At this level the tests are read to the students and they choose an answer in the answer booklet by making a mark in a circle under their answer choice. Second through ninth graders read the questions themselves and mark their answers on an answer sheet (bubble sheet) that can be read by a computer. Ample breaks are provided throughout the testing period.
The Iowa Assessments Reading and Math subtest are administered to students in grades 1-9. The math subtests at the 1st grade level are read to the students with the exception of a 6 minute timed computation section; the reading subtests require the student to read the material themselves. Again, timing is gauged by the response time of the students in the testing group. Second through 9th graders read the items themselves and again mark their answers on an answer sheet that can be read by a computer. All sections are timed.
STUDENTS MUST BE ENROLLED IN A BSD SCHOOL AND HAVE RECEIVED A STUDENT ID NUMBER BEFORE SUBMITTING APPLICATION FOR TESTING, EXCEPT 8TH AND 9TH GRADE APPLICANTS. OUT-OF-DISTRICT APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM APPLICANTS AND MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION OF PERFORMANCE IN THE 85TH PERCENTILE OR ABOVE.
PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT PROOF OF RESIDENCY (two items; utility and phone bills need to be within the past three months) AND DOCUMENTATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN THE 85TH PERCENTILE OR ABOVE WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (standardized test scores; may use scores from last year's testing in BSD if applicable) WITH APPLICATION.
STUDENTS NEW TO THE DISTRICT MAY SUBMIT TESTING FROM A PREVIOUS DISTRICT ONLY IF THE TESTING INCLUDED THE COGNITIVE ABILITIES TEST (one grade level advanced) AND A STANDARDIZED ACADEMIC TEST OF READING (vocabulary and comprehension) AND MATH (concepts, problem solving, and computation). CogAT SCORES MUST BE SUBMITTED AS STANDARD AGE SCORES (SAS).
IN COMPLIANCE WITH WAC 392-170-080, AND DUE TO AVAILABLE RESOURCES, QUALIFYING STUDENTS MOVING INTO THE DISTRICT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE PLACED THE FOLLOWING FALL OR ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS.