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Assessments & Body of Evidence

Jeffco GT reviews a full Body of Evidence, including both qualitative and quantitative data, for all identification decisions, using the 95th percentile or above (either age or grade norms) and/or an exceptional/distinguished rating as criteria for determining exceptionality consistent with CDE guidelines. A single piece of evidence neither qualifies nor disqualifies a student for GT identification.  The review of the Body of Evidence is done by a team of at least 2 qualified GT personnel who have been trained in GT identification.

Jeffco’s Body of Evidence follows CDE guidelines, including both qualitative and quantitative data.  Qualifying evidence comes from Cognitive Assessments, Achievement Assessments, Behavioral Observations and Performance Evaluations.

GT Assessments

In general, the quantitative assessments used are indexed based on a state or national percentile rank, though some may also give reports of a standard score or stanine. [See this Hoagies Gifted Education Page for an explanation of these and other testing terms.] The benchmark for gifted identification in Colorado is the 95th percentile for qualifying evidence. (Again, a single piece of evidence neither qualifies nor disqualifies a student for GT identification!)

Universal Screening

A universal screener is a way to systematically identify exceptional potential and hidden talent among all populations at a given grade level, including English Language Learners, students with special needs and those who may not be achieving on other traditional academic measures. Using a universal screener is considered a best practice in the field of gifted education.

In Jeffco, we administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) to all 2nd graders at all district schools.

GT Testing Opportunities

Jeffco typically holds wide-scale testing opportunities with the CogAT in the fall and in the spring. This year, those dates are:

It may be possible to arrange additional testing opportunities outside of these windows.  In this case, contact your school’s GT Resource Teacher (GT RT). Your school’s GT RT may also contact you for further testing even after they have gone through the testing opportunities listed above if we need additional information for the body of evidence.

Exam Security

We have a professional and ethical responsibility to ensure the security of all testing protocols. Many assessments are only for sale to educational institutions or licensed psychologists to ensure this security. Because of this, we cannot release actual testing questions or protocols to the public. Practice questions may be available from the publisher for some assessments. In those cases, we provide practice or sample questions to students just prior to administration. We are usually not allowed to release these to the public due to copyright or exam security concerns.

 

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