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Talented And Gifted (TAG)

2019-2020 Findley Tag Testing

WHAT, WHEN AND WHO:  COGAT SCREENER: ALL ​3RD AND 5TH GRADERS - COMPLETED
 Test results will be available around Nov. 1st.

WHAT AND WHEN:  ITBS and Reading and/or ITBS Math
and Full COGAT Test: November 18th-22nd

WHO: Students who are identified in the Kingore
Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher;
those who pass COGAT Screener at 97% or above will take the full COGAT

 

Parent forms will be available in the office AFTER 10/16 due to teachers 10/30.

​Test results:  Available by end of January​

Visit the Beaverton School District Talented and Gifted site for more information. 

TAG Testing Brochure

Kindergarten

WHAT and WHEN

  • COGAT: Fall 2019
  • ITBS Reading and/or Math: Spring 2020

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation inventory by their classroom teacher

First Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math and/or COGAT: Fall 2019 around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher

Second Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math: Fall 2019 Around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher

Third Grade

What and When

  • COGAT Screener: Fall 2019, 2nd week in October
  • ITBS and Reading and/or ITBS Math and Full COGAT Test: Around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher; those who pass COGAT Screener at 97% or above will take the full COGAT

Fourth Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math: Fall 2019, around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher

Fifth Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math: Fall 2019 (COGAT Screener) in 2nd week in October, ITBS and full COGAT Around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher, those who pass COGAT screener at 97% or above will take the full COGAT

Fifth Grade Summa Potential Candidates

What and When

  • ITBS or Intellect Test: Invitation by Fall 2019

Who

  • Students who are TAG identified but not yet qualified as Summa will be invited to take an assessment. This assessment will be used to identify students for Summa.

 

Notes:  Students may only test every two years, Students qualify for Summa only with the 4th and 5th grade scores.

 

Achievement Tests

     ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills):
  • A computerized test to assess students for Talented and Gifted services in both Reading and Math.  The reading test measures vocabulary and reading comprehension.  The math test measures math concepts and estimation, math problem solving and data interpretation, and computation.
  • The reading and math test vary in time, but do not usually take more than 1 hour and 30 minutes
     SBAC (Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium)
  • A computerized test given in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade to ALL students.  Is not used to qualify students for TAG.

 

Ability Tests (For Intellect identification):

         COGAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)
  • Measures verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal abilities.  This test will not be given this school year as a blanket test. The screener test will be given to 3rd & 5th graders in the fall. Those scoring a 97% or above on the screener test will take the full test to qualify for TAG.


Talented and Gifted (TAG) Commonly Used Terms

 

Kingore Observation Inventory:              

A researched based six-week observation tool used by teachers to identify students in the gifted areas of advanced language, analytical thinking, meaning motivation, perspective, sense of humor, sensitivity and accelerated learning.         

Acceleration:

Increasing the rate of instruction, so students can learn at a quicker pace.

Compacting:

Using pretests to establish proficiency and shortening the amount of time spent and practice spent on the topic.

Differentiation:

Having instruction and activities that meet each student’s needs.

Extension/Enrichment Activities:

Activities that go above and beyond basic concepts being taught.

TAG:

Talented and Gifted

Tag Planning Sheet:

Shared at conferences by teacher.  A plan put together by the teacher and parents to meet student needs

Helpful Links

Our Tag Facilitators

  • Shannon Bauck 
  • Joyce Kim

Please do NOT call the school as they are in class teaching.  Visiting our Contact page and filling out a contact form is the best way to reach out. Thanks you!

Testing Details

Kindergarten

WHAT and WHEN

  • COGAT: Fall 2019
  • ITBS Reading and/or Math: Spring 2020

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation inventory by their classroom teacher

First Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math and/or COGAT: Fall 2019 around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher

Second Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math: Fall 2019 Around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher

Third Grade

What and When

  • COGAT Screener: Fall 2019, Mid October
  • ITBS and Reading and/or ITBS Math and Full COGAT Screener: Around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher; those who pass COGAT Screener at 97% or above will take the full COGAT

Fourth Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math: Fall 2019, around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher

Fifth Grade

What and When

  • ITBS Reading and/or ITBS Math: Fall 2019 (COGAT Screener) in mid October, ITBS and full COGAT Around the first week of November

Who

  • Students who are identified in the Kingore Observation Inventory by their classroom teacher, those who pass COGAT screener at 97% or above will take the full COGAT

Fifth Grade Summa Potential Candidates

What and When

  • ITBS or Intellect Test: Invitation by Fall 2019

Who

  • Students who are TAG identified but not yet qualified as Summa will be invited to take an assessment. This assessment will be used to identify students for Summa.

 

Notes:  Students may only test every two years, Students qualify for Summa only with the 4th and 5th grade scores.

3rd Grade Testing Scenarios

3rd Grade Scenario

 

If he/she takes the test in 3rd grade and
              Passes:  She is qualified as TAG in that area, it does not count for Summa, she will be invited to take a test in 5th grade in the fall to test for Summa with the district, she can't test in 4th grade because she will already be TAG and we don't retest TAG students. We can only test every other year at the building level.

              Doesn't pass:  She is not qualified for TAG,  she can't take it again in 4th grade as we can only test every other year at the building level.  She could take them again in 5th grade in the building and they could qualify her for TAG.  She will not be asked by the district to take a test (The Summa test is the same ITBS test that we give to 5th graders in the building)

  • If she doesn't take it and chooses to take it in 4th grade:
  • Passes with 97% and a 99% on the tests, then she qualifies for Summa automatically
  • Passes, but doesn't make a 99% on one of the tests, but does qualify for TAG she will still be asked to come test in the fall of 5th grade with the district.
  • Doesn't pass, she's done.  She can't take another test unless she is identified as TAG because of the two year rule.

Summa

  • Summa testing will be administered in October to all 5th grade TAG students. Parents will be notified through School Messenger of this opportunity in mid-September.  Opportunities for Summa testing will be in October only for 5th grade TAG students.

  • Letters will be sent to families regarding Summa eligibility if they qualify already in late September. 

  • Applications due December 6, 2019

SUMMA Qualification Facts and Scenarios

“I want to know the best way to get into Summa.” ~many parents

There are several options and it is a family choice on what you decide.

Some basic rules to keep in mind:

  1. Testing recommendation is determined by teachers through the Kingore observation inventory. Parents are welcome to have input via the parent information form, which is helpful for teachers to know of the parent interest. A parent input form does not mean your child will be tested automatically. 

  2. A student qualifies for Summa with 4th or 5th grade scores on the ITBS or COGAT only. SBAC Scores are not considered.
  3. Tests can only be given every two years. Students may not take tests every year to see if they qualify for Summa and/or TAG. 

  4. COGAT screener will be given in the fall of 2018 to all 3rd and 5th graders which is a change from previous years.
  5. At the school level, we are responsible for identifying students as TAG, once they are in TAG in a certain area, we do not test them again in that area. The district will test again in the fall of 5th grade for TAG students to qualify for Summa.


Some scenarios:

1. Your child is recommended for TAG testing in grades K-3.
  • If they qualify for TAG, then they will no longer be tested in that area at the building level. For example, if they are TAG identified in reading, they will not take a reading test again at Findley even if they need it for Summa qualification. However, they will be identified as TAG which will automatically qualify them to take the tests for Summa in 5th grade through the district. 

  • You decide not to test, decline the testing and wait until 4th or 5th grade. In this scenario, please remember there is no guarantee the upper grades will recommend the student for testing. It is highly recommended you fill out a parent information form in the fall to express your interest, although this does not guarantee they will be tested. 

  • If your child is performing at a higher level in class, your child’s needs will be met at Findley whether they have a TAG identification or not. Students who are identified as TAG are then labeled as such and both the parents and teachers make a plan to make sure the needs are met. 

2. Take the tests in 4th grade. 

  • If the child does not pass the tests at a 97% or above, there will be 
NO further opportunity for Summa testing, students will not be 
able to take the test again in 5th grade. 

  • The child passes the tests at a 97% or above, but does not meet the 
criteria of 97% and 99% on two different tests. Since they are now qualified as TAG, they will be invited to test for Summa in the fall of 5th grade through the district. 

  • Passes the test with a 97% and 99% on two tests, automatically qualifies for Summa. 


 

TAG FAQ

Do I have to fill out a parent form and will my child automatically get tested if I do?

             ●      Testing is based on three components:

                     ○      Teacher observation through the Kingore Inventory
                     ○      Student performance in the classroom
                     ○       Parent Input is considered.

            ●       A parent input form by itself will not necessarily include the child for testing, but can be a piece of the
                     process.

Can my child study for the test?

             ●      These tests are meant to measure student’s true raw potential. Make sure your child gets plenty of
                      rest and eats a healthy breakfast.

Can my child be tested in more than one area?

            ●      Yes, they can be tested for reading, math and/or intellect.

When will my child be tested?

            ●      Testing occurs in November. Students will be pulled out of class to take the tests they qualify for.
            ●      The COGAT screener for 3rd & 5th grade will be in mid October

What if you are absent when the test is given?

            ●      Students will be given the test within the testing window or be picked up to test in the spring
                     for the COGAT or ITBS

When will we know the results?

            ●      Results are returned to the school sometime in February. Results are sent to parents about 2
                    weeks after they arrive at the school. During that two weeks, the TAG committee interprets data
                    and determines who qualifies based on the test results.

Can my child be retested?

            ●      Students may be retested for TAG every two years.

How long is my child TAG?

            ●      Once a child is identified as TAG, they are TAG for life. There is no need to retest later in the
                    child’s school career.

If my child qualifies for TAG will they go to a special class or be treated differently?

            ●      Once a student is identified as TAG, they will not go to a special class. Teachers will work with parents to develop a TAG plan to differentiate instruction to meet the student’s needs.

How do I make my child TAG?

            ●      A child can be a high achiever, gifted or creative. These are qualities that come with our children and cannot be learned. Try this link to see the differences: http://www.bertiekingore.com/high-gt-create.htm

Does my child have to go to Summa if they qualify?

          ●      No, students have many options for middle school and may choose which one will fit them best

Can my child be tested for Summa?

          ●      The district office will test 5th graders who are already identified as TAG to see if they qualify for Summa. They will send a postcard in October to take a test with them.

How do SBAC test scores affect Summa or TAG qualification?

          ●      SBAC test scores are not used as a qualifying assessment for Summa or TAG.

What is the difference between the ITBS/COGAT tests and the Summa tests?

       There is no difference!  The ITBS/COGAT scores in 4th and 5th grade are used for eligibility for Summa.  They are the same tests given to 4th and 5th graders testing to be identified as TAG.

My child already qualifies for Summa with their reading and math scores, why should they take the COGAT? Will a poor COGAT score affect their Summa eligibility?

  • Remember that first and foremost the scores are to identify students for TAG (talented and gifted).  The ITBS reading and math tests are used to qualify students for TAG in math and reading.  In order to not over test, we use these scores in 4th grade on up to qualify for Summa.
     
  • COGAT tests are used to measure intellect.  We use these scores to identify students who are TAG in the area of intellect.  Scores that are from 4th grade or higher can also be used to qualify for Summa. 
     
  • Students who are already identified as TAG in intellect, usually take the COGAT screener in 5th grade for the purpose of Summa identification.  If you are in 3rd grade, students can still take the screener as it is just good test practice and a short period of time.  The score will never negate another score.
     
  •  If my child receives a 97% on the COGAT screener do I need to fill out a parent input form for the full COGAT?  What about for the full ITBS?

    First, the form is not required at all.  Students are recommended for testing based on observations in the classroom.  If a student receives a 97% on the COGAT screener, then they automatically qualify for the full test.    If parents want to make a recommendation for their student take the ITBS math or reading, they are welcome to put in a form.  If it is a high interest of yours, I would recommend doing a form.  A 97% on COGAT which measures intellect, does not automatically qualify you for testing on the ITBS.