Talented And Gifted (TAG)
On October 13th, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener. This 30-minute test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities through verbal/picture analogies, number analogies, and figure matrices. Students do not need to prepare for this test. Getting a good nights sleep and having a good breakfast is all that is necessary.
All 4th & 5th grade students will be administered the ITBS Math and Reading test. Dates TBD
K-3 will be administered based on Teacher and/or Parent recommendation.
Timeline for Fall Testing
- October 4-15 - CogAT Screener for students in grades 3, 4 and 5
- October 27-November 5 - CogAT Full Version for students who qualify based on the CogAT Screener
- November 8-19 - ITBS Reading/Math for students in grades 4 & 5
- November 8 - December 10 - Nominated students in grades K-3
Currently, the main purpose for administering the CogAT is to identify students for TAG in the area of intellectual ability. Students who score at the 97th percentile or above on the CogAT screener will be invited to test with the full version of the CogAT that is used for potential TAG identification. The full version of the CogAT will be given in late October.
Please go to the Beaverton TAG Website: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/student-programs/talented-and-gifted for additional information on the rest of TAG testing this year. If you have further questions after reading that site, please feel free to reach out to Shannon Bauck. We DO NOT have firm testing dates yet for any of the other tests and will put them out as soon as we know them. There is a window of times on the website.
K-3 Parents may fill out parent nomination forms found on the above website or in the office. These forms should be returned to school by Wednesday, October 20th. 4th and 5th-grade parents do not need to fill out any forms as all students will be tested.
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: - This year ONLY 4th & 5th grade students do not need to fill out forms as all students will be tested.
○ 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
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 we know the 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
What is the difference between the ITBS/COGAT tests and the Summa tests?
There is no difference! Please refer to the chart under SUMMA Testing Tab 21.22