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Understanding the CogAT Assessment for Parents and Students

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

6:30pm to 8:30pm 


This event will be Virtual


Part 1: Understanding the CogAT Data [6:30-7:30]

Part 2: Understanding the GT ID / Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) Process [7:30-8:30]

Learn more about the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) that is administered to all 2nd grade students each year in Jeffco, including how to interpret the results to better understand how your child learns.  For those interested in attending the 2nd part of the session, we will also discuss the use of the CogAT results for Gifted and Talented (GT) Identification in order to get students on an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP), as well as information on GT Center programming.

Please use this form to sign up to attend the virtual session.



Please click here for a link to the Jeffco CogAT page for a more detailed explanation of CogAT. 

CogAT Translated Handouts for Parent Night

Information About Advanced Learning Plans (ALP)

  • The CogAT data is one piece of data included in a body of evidence for an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). 
  • No educational decisions, including gifted identification, are made based on a single data point. 
    • As we gather a body of evidence, individual CogAT verbal, quantitative, or non-verbal battery scores at or above the  95th percentile may be used as a part of a body of evidence in developing an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP).  
    • You will be notified by Jeffco School District personnel if a body of evidence is being developed toward gifted and talented identification.  
    • Please understand that it often takes several months to gather the full body of evidence to meet Colorado Department of Education GT identification qualifications.     
      • Students with a qualifying score on a cognitive assessment will most likely be placed on a GT Watch List towards identification to ensure their BOE is reviewed on a consistent basis.
    • How to request Gifted & Talented Identification for my student

Gifted and Talented Center Programs

If your child has a Percentile Rank at or above the 95th percentile on one or more batteries, you may want to consider applying for one of our GT Center programs. As noted above, placement in a GT Center program is not based on the CogAT alone.  A body of evidence is reviewed for GT Center placement determination. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Jeffco 3rd Grade GT Center program close on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

If you wish to apply for the GT Center program for the 2022-23 school year, please use this url in your browser to access the application. 

If you need assistance interpreting data or want more information about our GT program, contact your school’s GT Resource Teacher (GT RT).

Thank you for supporting your student during CogAT testing


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