2-6 Testing and Qualifications
Thank you for your interest in the Highly Gifted (HG) Program at Rogers Park Elementary. Testing is conducted on a first come first serve basis and we usually have a waiting time of about a month. Our IGNITE teachers assigned to each elementary school administer cognitive ability tests and achievement tests to individuals or small groups. Students who meet the qualification criteria on the ability tests and achievement tests are referred to the ASD Related Services Department for IQ evaluations, which are administered by an ASD school psychologist. The time frame for scheduling the IQ assessment is dependent upon the psychologist’s current caseload. The IQ test is always administered in a one on one setting.
Qualification Requirements for the HG Program
A child needs one score at the 99th percentile on a cognitive ability test, two scores at the 98th percentile in math and reading achievement, and one score at the 99th percentile on an IQ assessment. Testing begins with a cognitive ability test. One score at the 99th percentile must be met to continue with the achievement testing. If both the ability and achievement score requirements are met, an IQ evaluation request is submitted.
The cognitive ability tests measure factors that are usually less explicitly taught in school, such as critical thinking skills like logic / reasoning / advanced vocabulary / analogous thinking. The ability test has a verbal and quantitative battery. The verbal battery assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning: analogies, picture classification and vocabulary. The quantitative battery assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts essential in quantitative reasoning: number puzzles, number patterns and number series. Ability testing is administered individually or in a small group depending upon the tests administered.
The achievement tests measure reading and math skills. Students must be able to read well and complete complex mathematical computations. Testing is administered in small groups.
We take breaks during the testing as needed. Usually, the students are performing at least two grade levels higher than their age group peers.
A few of the characteristics common to many advanced learners
- Ability to analyze and synthesize information verses
- Learns after a few exposures or repetitions – quick mastery as compared to peers
- Understands and can use advanced vocabulary
- Reading and interpreting complex sentences
- Successfully completes complex math calculations
- Ability to read and interpret graphs
There is no real preparation parents can do to prepare students in advance for testing other than to offer enriching experiences, nurture children’s diverse interests, and encourage them to make their best effort. As in any testing situation, a well-rested, well-fed, relaxed child will be more likely to perform to their full potential.
If you have a child who is in second through sixth grade - and you would like to discuss the next steps in having your child tested for the Rogers Park HG Program, please contact the IGNITE (gifted enrichment) teacher at your child’s elementary school.
For more information about the Highly Gifted Program at Rogers Park please visit our website at http://rogerspark.asdk12.org/hg/
Continue to develop all areas of your child’s brain with a variety of activities. Consider learning more about Growth Mindset research by Carol Dweck and Habits of Mind by Arthur Costa for important skills that will benefit your child throughout his or her life.
Growth Mindset http://rogerspark.asdk12.org/hg/hgcurriculum/growthmindset/