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Testing Information

Testing Informatoin

General Test Information: Every currently enrolled CCSD student has the opportunity to be assessed for gifted identification two times during the school year. The tests determine gifted identification in accordance with state law & district policy. Results from the tests determine possible gifted service options and will be the only opportunity that we will provide for current students. Please review the information below for test dates and how to register.

Students may be identified as gifted in one or more of the following areas: Superior Cognitive Ability, specific academic achievement (mathematics, reading, science, social studies), Creative Thinking Ability, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Superior Cognitive Ability - These tests produce a school ability score, which is similar to, but not the same as, an IQ test.  In essence, they measure a child’s reasoning ability and are predictors of a child’s ability to perform in an academic setting.  Score two standard deviations above the mean minus the standard error of measurement on a nationally normed intelligence test. Commonly used assessment are the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 which has 3 batteries of tests: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. The Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test is a completely nonverbal test and is useful if students are not native English speakers.

Specific Academic Ability  -  These achievement tests produce a percentile rank, a 95%ile or higher is needed to be identified as gifted.  A National Percentile Rank (NPR) indicates your student’s rank with other students in the nation. Percentile ranks range from 1 to 99.  We offer to test in the areas of mathematics, reading, science and social studies.

Creative Thinking Ability:  Score one standard deviation above the mean minus the standard error of measurement on an intelligence test and attain a sufficient score, as established by the Department, on a test of creative ability or a checklist of creative behavior.

Visual/Performing Arts Ability:  Demonstrate to a trained individual through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area and attain a sufficient score, as established by the Department, on a checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

For more information regarding the Ohio law and rule on gifted identification, visit the ODE gifted site.

Current CCSD Students with Previous Gifted Identifications: If your student has already been identified as gifted in any area, he/she remains identified as gifted in that area K-12 and does NOT need to test again.