The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) appraises general abstract reasoning abilities. It consists of 9 individual tests that measure a student's ability to make inferences, deductions, classifications, and to create and adapt problem solving skills.
The IOWA tests are designed to assess the abilities of students in math and reading.
Dependent upon scores, some students may need to take individual tests after the COgAT and IOWA tests have been completed. These tests include the WJIV test and the RIST2 test.
AIG Identification Timeline 2019-2020
AIG Identification: In 3rd grade, all students will take the CogAT Test as the first step in the AIG identification process.
Step 1: All 3rd grade students take the CogAT test. These take place in October and November.
Step 2:If a student scores in the 85th percentile in one of the CogAT categories (Verbal, Quantitative, Non-Verbal) they will then take the IOWA test. These will take place in November and December.
Step 3: If a student scores in the 95th percentile in both a math CogAT and IOWA qualifying score, they will qualify for AIG math. If a student scores in the 95th percentile in both a reading CogAT and reading qualifying score, they will qualify for AIG reading. If scores align in both subject areas, they will be identified AIG math and reading.
Step 4: If a student scores in the 95th percentile in just one CogAT/IOWA test, they may go on to have another individual test to help identify them. This will require a signed permission form from parents. These tests will take place in December and January.
If a student is formally identified, they will begin AIG in the second semester of 3rd grade. They will then continue in AIG in 4th and 5th grade.