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CogAT Testing

Effective for this year, Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogAT) testing will no longer be required of second, fourth and seventh graders unless specifically requested by a student’s parent(s). Our past practice has been to administer this testing to all students in grades 2-7 each spring. As you may already be aware, however, school community members have raised concerns in recent years about the loss of student instructional minutes as a result of increases in state-required testing with the introduction of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam in 2015. In response to the above concerns and our own about increased mandatory testing minutes for kids, we have decided to remove CogAT testing in these three grade levels for the following reasons:

  1. we primarily utilize scores to support advanced placement recommendations starting in fourth grade;

  2. we possess other standardized and classroom data that may be used to meet instructional planning needs; and

  3. CogAT focuses on academic ability testing, which generally does not change significantly from year to year. Parents who feel the most recent CogAT result does not accurately match their child's ability profile, may request testing outside of the school day (i.e. over summer break) on a case-by-case basis. Students new to District 101 who are entering fourth grade or beyond will still be offered ability testing to ensure appropriate placement.

Additional logistical details will be provided in May regarding the procedure for parents to request a summer testing event, should they wish to do so.



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