Why does the district offer Highly Capable testing?
One of the district’s strategic targets is ensuring that each student has equitable access to rigorous curriculum content. The School Board and district staff believe each student can learn to high standards when there are high expectations, high support, and exemplary classroom instruction. For additional information, please visit the FAQ link on our website.
When will the Highly Capable testing be given?
During the months of February and March, each elementary school will be hosting the Highly Capable Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) & IOWA Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) full-battery exam. Your specific testing date will be sent to you via email in January. You can be a great help by making every effort to have your student attend during your school's testing window. If your student is ill, please do not bring them to testing on this day. It will be your responsibility to contact our office immediately to be rescheduled for testing in the spring by emailing email@example.com.
What will your student experience during the Highly Capable testing?
Trained, certificated proctors will guide students through the CogAT& ITBS tests online using Chromebooks and headphones. The students participating will have regular breaks and will be going to lunch and recess with their classroom.
The test will take the majority of a regular school day and does not require any special preparation or studying. However, along with emphasizing the importance of attendance, you can encourage your student to answer all the questions, relax and do their “best work.” It’s always helpful for students to have a good night’s sleep before a test and a healthy breakfast in the morning.
The Highly Capable Parent/Guardian Referral for Testing Form is available here.