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Eagle County Schools changing ‘gifted’ testing

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – Eagle County Schools is moving from a one-day “gifted” testing to a cycle of ongoing observation of student performance. All grade levels will be continuously monitored for ability using Response to Intervention and Common Formative Assessments. In addition, all second-grade students will be screened in the spring using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, which is a nonverbal measure of general ability. The district is no longer using the Cognitive Abilities Test as an ongoing gifted identification tool.

In previous years, the district administered the Cognitive Abilities Test to third-, fifth-, and seventh-grade students. This year, schools will not be administering the Cognitive Abilities Test. Instead, a Saturday testing will be offered and parents can choose to have their students from any grade level tested.

“We are aligning gifted identification with best practices and state guidance in Eagle County Schools,” states Lori Seelig, Eagle County Schools assistant director of exceptional student Services. “Some parents have a strong desire to know what their children’s CogAT scores are and, for that reason, we are providing a CogAT testing opportunity.”

The Cognitive Abilities Test will occur on Oct. 1 at Brush Creek Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parents must register for each child to be tested no later than Sept. 15. The cost per child of $25 for students in kindergarten or first grade and $20 per child for students in second through 10th grade will offset the administration and scoring of the test. The cost for students that participate in the free-and-reduced lunch program is $5 per child. You may pick up a registration form at your child’s school or you may download one from the gifted webpage at http://www.eagleschools.net/gifted.

If you have questions about this testing opportunity, speak to the gifted specialist at your child’s school or contact Assistant Director of Exceptional Student Services Lori Seelig at lori.seelig@eagleschools.net or 970-328-7928.

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