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Highly Capable Testing

2019-20 District State Testing Schedule

Attention Kindergarten Parents

Full Highly Capable Testing by invitation based on CogAT screener results will be December 10-13, 2019. Make-up testing will be December 16-18, 2019.

Highly Capable Opt Out Forms

Complete the Testing Opt Out form if you do not want your child to participate in Highly Capable testing. The completed form should be returned to the neighborhood school.

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:

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:

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 referral process, go to: