When and Where Will Testing Take Place?

Test dates are held on Saturdays in December and January.  Dates are assigned by school.  Test locations and exact date(s) of testing are determined by the number of applications received.  Parents will receive an email with test details by the end of November.  Please make every effort to have your child attend the date(s) assigned to him/her. If you have a conflict with the date(s) or your child is sick on the day of the testing or the night before, please email gifted@bsd405.org with your child’s name, grade, the test location and date(s). If there are extenuating circumstances, we may be able to reschedule your child.  Illness will not be considered a valid reason for appeal. 

Testing sessions are scheduled in the following manner:

Grade BSD Student Private/Home-School Student
1 Tests will be administered on two half days.

  • The CogAT is administered in the morning from approximately 8:00-11:30am.
  • The STAR Reading and Math assessments are administered in the afternoon.  Students will be scheduled to begin at 12:00pm or 2:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE:  Some BSD 1st grade students may take the STAR at school, however, those students will also take the STAR Reading and Math assessments again with us.

2 – 8 Only CogAT is administered on one half day from approximately 8:00-11:30am.  STAR tests are administered at school as part of the regular assessment process for BSD students, and results are collected from the district. Tests will be administered on one day.

  • CogAT is administered in the morning from approximately 8:00-11:30am.
  • A lunch break is provided.
  • STAR Reading and Math assessments are administered in the afternoon from approximately 12:00-1:30pm.
9 – 11 Tests will be administered on one day.

  • CogAT is administered in the morning from approximately 8:00-11:30am.
  • A lunch break is provided.
  • IOWA Reading and Math assessments are administered in the afternoon from approximately 12:00-2:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE:  If your child is attending BSD on an inter-district transfer and is identified as gifted, gifted services are only provided through differentiation in the current school setting for which that transfer applies.


Winter Testing Dates

In-District Students:

GRADES DATE CogAT STAR IOWA
1 January 6, 2018  AND
January 20, 2018
AM  PM
2 – 4 January 6, 2018  OR
January 20, 2018
AM
5 – 8 December 9, 2017 AM
9 – 11 December 9, 2017 AM PM

Private/Home-School Students:

GRADES DATE CogAT STAR IOWA
1 December 9, 2017 AM
1 January 6, 2018 PM
2 – 8 December 9, 2017 AM PM
9 – 11 December 9, 2017 AM PM

What tests do you use for placement?

The CogAT measures how students process information to reach a solution, and results are based upon each student’s level of cognitive development. Questions require reasoning skills and are not academic in nature.  The STAR Assessments and Iowa Assesments measure skills that are taught and practiced in school. 


1st Grade through 11th Grade

Cognitive Abilities Test 7 (CogAT 7)

For Grades 1-11

The Cognitive Abilities Test 7 measures general and specific reasoning abilities in three areas.  The CogAT is administered at one grade level above the student’s grade of enrollment.  This assessment includes the following subtests:

  • Verbal – Reasoning with words and sentences
  • Nonverbal – Figural concepts express in pictures
  • Quantitative – Quantitative concepts and relations

Learn more and view examples on the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Riverside Publishing website.

STAR Assessments (STAR)

For Grades 1-8

The STAR Assessments are used to measure reading and math achievement. STAR Assessments are computer-based and adaptive, which adjusts the difficulty of questions throughout the assessment based upon students’ responses.  STAR is highly rated in regard to reliability, validity, and generalizability, especially for diverse populations.  The STAR is administered at grade level, because it is adaptive, thus moving students to higher level questions based upon successful completion of grade level questions.  This assessment includes the following subtests:

PLEASE NOTE:  BSD students in grades 2 – 8 take the STAR Assessments at school.  The STAR will be administered to private/home-school students on their assigned test date, if not provided by their school.

CogAT 7 Testing Level

Listed below is the test level that we use for your child’s current grade (testing in December/January) or for the grade that your child just completed (testing in July).  Please note that the table below already represents the one grade level above.  

Grade Level Method
1 8 Teacher read, paced
2 9 Student read, timed
3 10 Student read, timed
4 11 Student read, timed
5 12 Student read, timed
6 13 Student read, timed
7 14 Student read, timed
8 15 Student read, timed
9 16 Student read, timed
10 17 Student read, timed
11 18 Student read, timed

Iowa Assessments (IOWA)

For Grades 9-11

The IOWA Assessments are used to measure reading and math achievement.  The Iowa is administered at one grade level above the student’s grade of enrollment.  This assessment includes the following subtests:

Iowa Testing Level

Listed below is the test level that we use for your child’s current grade (testing in December/January) or for the grade that your child just completed (testing in July).  Please note that the table below already represents the one grade level above.  

Grade Level Method
9 16 Student read, timed
10 17 Student read, timed
11 18 Student read, timed

How do I appeal my child’s test results?

Appeals must be based upon one of the following conditions:

Specific criteria related to the testing conditions

Misapplication or miscalculation of the scores

Gifted Programs assessment criteria is applied equitably to all applicants.  For students not meeting the entrance criteria, appeals for further consideration can be made.

Appeals must be based upon one of the following two reasons listed to the left.  If you believe one of these conditions applies to your child, you will need to submit an appeals form within ten days of receiving results.  Illness will not be considered a valid reason for appeal.  Please note: appeals cannot be submitted via email or fax.

Appeals are reviewed by an Appeals Committee that consists of an Administrator, Psychologist, Principal, and Teacher.  All submitted documents are closely and carefully reviewed.  The Appeals Committee may request teacher input.  The Committee is looking for evidence that the results of the testing are not a true representation of the child’s abilities. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

Appeals for K-1

The assessments collected for all K and new first grade students were not assessments to determine gifted services.  These assessments (observation, TRC, classroom data, DIBELS and the WAKids State Assessments) were administered to all K and new first grade students to determine their educational needs.  Therefore, the appeal process does not apply at this time.