St. Louis Park Gifted Services identifies elementary and secondary students in the top 5% of their class with demonstrated achievement on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) which is an achievement test. Special attention is payed to the historical pattern of achievement when identifying students who enter our schools from other districts, states and/or countries. At the elementary level, classroom teachers are asked to observe performance in the areas of motivation, creativity, learning and leadership activities. At the secondary level, identification may include achievement test performance, class rank and teacher recommendation process as part of a comprehensive identification plan.
CogAT Cognitive Abilities Test
The Cognitive Abilitites Test (CogAT) is an assessment designed to measure students' learned reasoning ability in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and NonVerbal. Its primary goal is to assess students' acquired reasoning abilities.
MAP Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA)
Measures of Academic Progress – These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading and Mathematics. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s current achievement