Highly Capable Testing

Testing Schedule

2021-22 Highly Capable District Testing Schedule

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

For more information about the CogAT visit: https://info.riversideinsights.com/cogat

Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) (Figural)

The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) is used for identification of the creatively gifted and as a part of gifted matrices in states and districts in the USA, especially in multicultural settings, and for special populations around the world. The Figural TTCT: Thinking Creatively with Pictures is appropriate at all levels, kindergarten through adult. It uses three picture-based exercises to assess five mental characteristics:

  • fluency 
  • resistance to premature closure 
  • elaboration 
  • abstractness of titles 
  • originality   

The version administered in the Issaquah School District consists of three 10 minute sections. The test is sent to the testing company for scoring. It is a norm referenced test and the national average is the 50th percentile. For more information about the TTCT, visit: https://www.ststesting.com/gift/

Iowa Achievement Test

The Iowa Tests are used to measure a student’s current educational achievement. They are norm-referenced nationally standardized tests designed to allow comparison of each student’s performance to that of student’s across the nation. The national average is the 50th percentile.

Tests include:

  • Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Mathematics
  • Computation

For more information about Iowa Tests visit: https://www.riversideinsights.com/

Eligibility Determination

The Issaquah School District uses the three tests described above in determining eligibility for the Highly Capable Program. Scores on these tests are reported as a single holistic matrix score. For more information on how the matrix score is calculated, see the resources posted on the Highly Capable webpage under the appropriate testing cycle: www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/gifted.

Information about Highly Capable Programs, how to qualify, and the referral process can also be found at the above link.