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Types of Tests

Students in Hamilton Southeastern Schools may be identified for high ability services through multiple pathways. 

Students are identified who have:
  • Outstanding academic achievement in mathematics and/or reading
  • Exceptional cognitive potential in mathematics and/or reading
 
Determining Eligibility for High Ability Services through High Academic Achievement - NWEA Determining Eligibility for High Ability Services through Cognitive Potential - CogAT
 
NWEA testing is administered two times per year for all students in grades 3-6.  For students in grades K-2, a third test occurs in Spring.
 
Normative data from the NWEA test is used to identify high academic achievement for students in reading or math.
 
Kindergarten and 1st grade students
will be eligible for high ability services in each respective area with the following performance levels:
 
Math – 99th percentile on Winter or Spring NWEA
Reading – 99th percentile on Winter or Spring NWEA
 
2nd grade students
will be eligible for high ability services in each respective area with the following performance levels:
 
Math – 95th - 99th percentile on Winter or Spring NWEA
Reading – 95th - 99th percentile on Winter or Spring NWEA
 
3rd – 6th grade students
will be eligible for high ability services in each respective area with the following performance levels:
 
Math – 95th - 99th percentile on Winter NWEA
Reading – 95th - 99th percentile on Winter NWEA
 
 
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), a nationally normed test of aptitude, is used to measure cognitive potential.  The CogAT measures general reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal.  The screener is a partial version of the full CogAT. 
 
The CogAT is administered in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grades.
 
CogAT Screener:
  • All kindergarten students take the CogAT screener.
  • All 2nd grade students (who have not already qualified for high ability services) take the CogAT screener.
 
Full CogAT:
  • Kindergarteners who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the screener take the full CogAT.
  • 2nd grade students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the screener take the full CogAT.
  • 5th grade students who score in the 80th percentile or higher on the Winter NWEA (and have not already qualified for high ability services) will take the full CogAT. 
 
Students will be eligible for high ability services in each respective area with the following performance levels on the full CogAT:
 
Math – 95th - 99th percentile on full CogAT
Reading – 95th - 99th percentile on full CogAT
 
Potential Third Qualifying Test
If the score of a student in grades K, 2, or 5 just misses the qualifying score (falls within the standard error of measure) on either Winter NWEA or CogAT, the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) will be completed online by the teacher and family of the student. A score between the 95th – 99th percentiles on the SIGS indicates eligibility for high ability services.

 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665
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Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.