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  • Recommendations for the AIG Teacher: Remember to consult with your building level administrator as to how he/she wants to distribute and interpret the CogAT scores to parents. It is their decision!! AIG teachers are expected to review and practice the power point presentation PRIOR to the meeting/s. The following school personnel should be represented at the meeting: Principal, Assistant Principal, or designee Test Coordinator, AIG Teacher, Counselor, IRT, Grade Three Teachers, Exceptional Children Program Teacher/Representative, and/or any other personnel designated by the principal Instructions for the AIG Teachers and Third Grade Teachers: Schedule a large meeting space, for example the media center or gym, in advance. Order student address labels from the NCWISE Technician. Prepare a brown envelope/folder for each student including the following items: Student name and address label placed on the outside of the envelope/folder Individual Student Profile CogAT Narrative Sheet for each student (the individual student’s score sheet) CogAT Form 6 General Information sheet 85% rationale for the ITBS AIG Program Pamphlet/AIG Brochure 4. Prepare the following handouts to be given to parents upon arrival at the meeting: Handouts of CogAT power point Sample CogAT Profile Narrative 5. Prepare the following sign-in sheets: Parent attendance sign-in sheet, by third grade class Sign-up sheet for parents wanting an individual conference 6. At the start of the parent meeting: Announce the following to parents and staff members in attendance : This general informational meeting is to provide an overview of the CogAT scores. It is not a time to take specific questions about a student’s individual scores. A sign-up sheet for individual consultation/interpretation of scores will be provided at the end of the meeting. Also let the parents know what items will be in the envelope that they pick up at the end of the presentation. Hold up the hard copy of the CogAT Power Point notes and the sample CogAT student profile to see if any parents still need a copy. Begin Power Point presentation. At the conclusion of the Power Point, ask if there are any general questions Provide parents with directions on how envelopes will be distributed (by classroom teachers, A-B-C by counselor, etc). If additional tables are going to be set up for explanations following the general meeting, direct parents to that location. Thank parents for attending and adjourn meeting.
  • The CogAT appraises general thinking skills that the student gradually develops from both in-school and out-of-school experiences. The classroom teacher is able to use the data from the CogAT Test for instructional planning. Counselors, Student Support Teams, and other support personnel in the schools may also use the CogAT data to assist in educational planning.
  • Each of the CogAT batteries (Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal) was administered on a separate day. The total testing time each day was approximately 30 minutes. There are three subtests that comprise each Battery. The Composite Score is the best representation of cognitive ability for most students. It is not an average of the subtest scores but a compilation of all three test batteries. In some situations the battery scores may reflect specific strengths and/or weaknesses for a student. Use of battery scores instead of composite scores is considered based on the individual student profile.
  • DO NOT give parents their child’s copy of this CogAT profile until the end of the meeting. Parents should have a copy of this example page printed for them as a hand-out to read and follow along as a sample only.
  • The Stanine score is relatively easy to use because it is a one digit number. An advantage of the stanine score is that it discourages over-interpretation of small, insignificant differences among test scores. There must be a difference between stanine scores of at least 2 points for the difference to be considered significant. The Percentile Rank is NOT the percentage of correct answers. The CogAT is not an IQ test. IQ is no longer used in assessment and the CogAT does not give IQ scores. The same information that used to be provided by the IQ score is now provided by percentile ranks and other scores.
  • The diamond inside the bar graph represents the student’s actual percentile score. The bar graph represents the confidence interval for the student’s score. A short bar indicates greater confidence in the student’s score. A longer bar indicates less confidence in the student’s score. Confidence intervals are used for additional interpretation in individual student profiles. On the sample profile, the Ability Profile is: 8E (V-N+). You can go to the CogAT website to access further information about your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • The median stanine is the middle stanine when the individual battery stanine scores are listed in numerical order. In the example, the student’s stanines are 6, 8 and 9; therefore the middle stanine is 8, thus the median. The letter indicates the general form of the student’s score pattern. The symbols in parenthesis indicate a student’s relative strength (+ scores) or relative weakness (- scores). In the sample, the student has a relative weakness on the Verbal Battery and a relative strength on the Nonverbal Battery.
  • This table provides a description of all percentile and stanine score ranges and the accompanying verbal descriptor. Please note the scores highlighted in red are the general ranges considered for AIG identification. The Percentile Rank scale ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 99. For example, if a student scores at the 52 nd percentile, this indicates that his raw score on the test was higher than that of 52 percent but lower than that of 48 percent of the students in his age group. This compares the student to a national standardization group of his age, not the students in his classroom. Half the students in an age norm group fall between the 25 th and 75 th percentiles, and this is considered average for the age group.
  • These are the general interpretations of the student profiles. In your example the student has an E Profile, which indicates there is an extreme difference between the Verbal and Nonverbal Battery scores.
  • In the example, the student attempted all items on each test battery. The number that was correct varied in each battery. Note that the area of relative weakness is the Verbal Battery, where 51 of the 65 items were answered correctly. The area of relative strength is the Nonverbal Battery, where 64 of the 65 items were answered correctly.
  • Growth in cognitive abilities continues throughout most of an individual’s life. However, the rate of growth is much more rapid between birth and age 8 than it is after age 8 and somewhat more rapid between ages 8 and 14 than after age 14. The rate of cognitive growth slows as age increases. Therefore, being younger or older than other students in a grade has a greater effect on the differences between age and grade scores. Since growth in cognitive skills is a developmental process that is correlated with chronological age, such comparisons can result in lower grade scores than age scores for younger students in a grade and higher grade scores than age scores for older students in a grade. This is why Age Scores are used for identification instead of Grade Scores. In the example, the student’s grade scores are slightly higher than his age scores. This student is one of the older students in the third grade since there is an early December date of birth.
  • Any age-based battery score or composite score of 85% or higher on the CogAT qualifies students to take the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) in the 3 rd grade. Parents must give permission for their student to take the ITBS. Students taking the ITBS will be assessed in reading and mathematics. The ITBS is a standardized achievement test that appraises skills that are directly taught and practiced in school.
  • Data from the entire third grade year is used as part of the AIG identification process. Identification is a year-long process and includes data and work samples collected from the Third Grade Explorers’ lessons as well as the third grade classroom. Parent input is important, and so parents will be asked to complete a checklist during this AIG identification process describing gifted learning behaviors demonstrated by their child. Parents are encouraged to provide specific examples of gifted behaviors observed at home and/or samples of work products when submitting the AIG Parent checklist.
  • Note to teacher : one bullet at a time appears on this page and the next. The members of the School Based Committee for Gifted Education may include a school administrator, classroom teacher, AIG teacher, counselor and/or a grade level representative. The SBCGE provides a team framework for evaluating data and recommending the most appropriate service options for individual students who demonstrate a need for differentiation. Parents must sign the Consent For Evaluation before the SBCGE can access the CogAT and ITBS data on a student. The Consent for Evaluation gives parent permission for the SBCGE to use the available CogAT and ITBS scores to determine the need for differentiated services within the Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program.
  • Even though the CogAT scores have been returned and the ITBS will be administered within the next month, the AIG identification process is not completed until the end of the academic year. All parents will be informed of recommendations at that time. The SBCGE continues to monitor student progress and performance yearly in making nominations and referrals to the AIG program.
  • Note to AIG Teacher: the specific names and email addresses for these positions at your school should be added to this slide.
  • Cognitive Abilities Test Parent Presentation

    1. 1. Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Understanding the Student Profile and its Use for Educational Planning Fall Semester 2011
    2. 2. Educational Planning  The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all third grade students in WCPSS.  The CogAT benchmark testing is used for educational planning.  Individual student data is accessed by the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program and other WCPSS educational programs.
    3. 3. CogAT Scores Please refer to the sample CogAT Report included with the meeting hand-outs.  The CogAT Batteries are: – Verbal – measure of verbal reasoning skills – Quantitative– measure of math reasoning skills – Nonverbal – measure of visual-spatial reasoning  The Composite score indicates the overall strength of the student’s cognitive resources for learning.
    4. 4. National Age Scores  Stanine – a type of normalized standard score scale ranging from 1 to 9 with 5 being the mean (average).  Percentile – indicates the percent of students in the representative age group who obtained lower raw scores on the test.
    5. 5. Graphs and Profiles  A bar graph of the student’s scores appears on the score report as a visual representation of the student’s percentile score.  Your student’s individual profile code is listed after the subtitle “Ability Profile”.  Additional information regarding your child’s profile can be found at: by keying in the profile code of your student.
    6. 6. Profile Codes  The profile code contains a number and a letter, for example, 8E (V-N+) or 7B (V+).  The number represents the median stanine and the letter indicates the type of score pattern.  The letter score patterns are: A, B, C or E.
    7. 7. Percentile and Stanine DescriptionsDescription Percentile StanineVery High 96-99 9Above Average 89-95 8Above Average 77-88 7Average 60-76 6Average 41-59 5Average 24-40 4Below Average 12-23 3Below Average 5-11 2Very Low 1-4 1
    8. 8. Student Profiles  A Profile – all subtest scores are roughly the sAme  B Profile – one subtest score is either aBove or Below the other two subtest scores  C Profile – two subtest scores Contrast indicating a relative strength and a relative weakness  E Profile – the difference between the high and low subtest scores is Extreme
    9. 9. Raw Scores  Number of Items = the number of questions on the subtests.  Number Att. (attempted) = the number of questions the student answered.  Number Correct = the total number of items the student answered correctly.
    10. 10. National Grade Scores  The grade scores compare the student to other students at the same grade level nationally.  Grade scores are NOT used for identification since students in a given grade may vary greatly in terms of their age.
    11. 11. The Next Step……..  Students with an age-based Composite or subtest battery score at or above the 85th percentile (85%) are eligible to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).  Parents will receive a permission form that must be signed and returned to the school before the student can take the ITBS.
    12. 12. AIG Identification  The CogAT and ITBS scores are reviewed.  Any student scoring at or above 92% on BOTH the CogAT and ITBS (Formal Indicators) is considered for referral to the AIG Program.  Additional factors (Informal Indicators) are considered in determining AIG eligibility. These factors include student interest, motivation, classroom performance, third grade Explorers’ work samples, parent and teacher checklists, etc.  The overall profile of the student is considered in the overall identification process.
    13. 13. Additional Steps in the AGIdentification Process  School Based Committee for Gifted Education (SBCGE) meets to nominate and refer students.  Parents sign and return the Consent For Evaluation.  Formal and Informal data are compiled.  SBCGE makes final recommendations for reading and/or math identification and level of service.
    14. 14. AIG Identification Processcontinued….  SBCGE recommendations from schools are reviewed in May by the AIG Program Central Services Committee.  Parents are informed of the final AIG recommendations by the end of the 2nd semester.  AIG service begins at the beginning of the 4th grade year after parents sign and return the Initial Consent for Service.
    15. 15. AIG Program and Testing Information  Test Coordinator: ______________________  School Counselor: _____________________  3rd Grade Classroom Teachers: ________  AIG Resource Teacher: ________________  AIG Program Brochure: distributed by the AIG teacher to all 3rd grade families  AIG Program Website:  AIG Program Office: Crossroads 1 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, 431-7657