The SOI is a Washington-state approved test for identifying creativity in students. The test is based on a model of intelligence developed by J. P. Guilford at the University of Southern California. The version administered in Issaquah School District is a very short test, consisting of three 5-minute segments. Students complete a number puzzle, draw items and write a paragraph.
The test is sent to the testing company for scoring and results are returned in stanine scores ranging from 1-9. Stanine scores are ranked as follows:
- 1, 2, 3 = Below Average
- 4, 5, 6 = Average
- 7, 8, 9 = Above Average
Generally speaking, to be considered for the SAGE or MERLIN programs, students should score a 7, 8, or 9 on the SOI. These results are only one of the scores used for placement consideration in MERLIN and SAGE. Other scores used for identification include the Stanford 10 Achievement Tests (Reading and Math) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Other assessments may be administered by private psychologists conducting independent evaluations at parent request.