Highly Capable Testing

CogAT:  Cognitive Abilities Test

The CogAT is a test of reasoning skills. It’s not like a spelling or a math test where if you know the words or the facts you can get 100%. There is no defined curriculum for the CogAT. It is a norm referenced test and the national average is the 50th percentile. To identify students for the Highly Capable program, the Issaquah School District administers advanced versions of the CogAT.

There are three parts to the CogAT:

  • Verbal Battery
  • Quantitative Battery
  • Non-Verbal Battery

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SOI:  Structure of Intellect

The SOI is a Washington-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, students should score a 7, 8, or 9 on the SOI to be considered for placement in the Highly Capable Program. For more information about the SOI test, visit: http://www.soisystems.com/parentslearners.html 

Iowa Achievement Test

Iowa Achievement Test is a norm-referenced test, which means a student’s performance is compared with that of a group of similar students who have taken the same test across the nation. Student scores are reported in relation to the scores of this “norm” group. Statistically, the majority of students nationwide will be in the 50th-percentile range.

The average score on the Iowa Achievement Test, regardless of grade level or content area is the 50th percentile. This score means that in a random sample of 100 students in the norming, we would expect approximately 49 to score lower than 50 and 50 to score higher. Iowa Achievement Test results are reported in percentile rankings, not in percentage of answers correct.

Iowa Achievement Test data is also used to help teachers know more about student skills in specific areas like fractions, decimals, vocabulary and comprehension. 

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For more information about Highly Capable Programs, how to qualify, and the nomination process, go to: www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/gifted.