K-4 CogAT Screener Parent Information

Release Date: January 6th, 2013

Parents of students who scored less than the 80th percentile on the CogAT Screener are provided the opportunity to appeal for their child’s participation in the second round of testing for the following reasons:

1. The student has demonstrated an outstanding level of academic performance in the classroom in math and/or language arts; and/or

2. The teacher provides more rigorous, enriched, and/or accelerated learning tasks and assignments in math and/or language arts for the student; and/or

3. The student demonstrates many of the characteristics of the gifted or high ability learner as described here.

Additionally, if the appeal is approved, parents need to understand that:

** To cast a wider net, the district’s benchmark for qualifying for the second round of testing has been set at the 80th percentile rather than the 88th percentile suggested by the publisher.

** The qualifying benchmark for being selected for the REACH program after the second round of testing is set at the 96th percentile.

** Their child will undergo six (6) hours of additional testing during the second round.

** The pace of learning in the REACH classroom is significantly faster than the learning pace in the grade-level classroom.

Parents who wish to appeal for second round testing must submit the screener appeal form no later than January 18, 4:30 p.m., by email, fax, mail, or in person to Dr. Jeanne Fredericks, Curriculum Director/High Ability Coordinator, Hamilton Southeastern Schools Administrative Office, 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038, jfredericks@hse.k12.in.us, Fax: (317) 594-4109.