Overview

  • Shoreline currently screens all Kindergarten and 2nd grade students using the CogAT Screener. Students who qualify for additional testing are invited to participate in full assessment. Students in grades 1 and 3+ may also register for full assessment for highly capable services.

    Full assessment for students occurs during the school day, at their regular school. The Cogat Complete or the CogAT Post Screener are administered on-line by trained proctors.

    New students may test in the summer or at the beginning of the school year (New Student Testing Only). Students new to the district will take both the CogAT and the Iowa, if other district achievement assessment data is not available.

Testing Schedule and Registration

  • Scroll down to "Winter 2019-2020 - All Shoreline Students and Shoreline Private School Students" for info on the upcoming Winter testing session

    Fall 2019

    New Students Only

     
    • Testing opportunity for NEW SHORELINE STUDENTS ONLY grades 1-6 who have not already been tested for hi-cap services for this year.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will begin receiving services during the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Testing will occur at the Shoreline Center on October 9, 2019.
    • New Student HiCap Testing Registration Link - Registration Closed 9/25/19

     

    2nd grade Only

     
    • Screening for all 2nd grade students using the CogAT Screening Form.
    • Screening will occur during the school day in each 2nd grade class in October and November.
    • Opportunity to Opt Out: If you do not want your student to participate in the screening, please complete the CogAT Screener Opt Out Form.
    • Results from the screener are final. There is no appeals process for the screener.
    • Full battery assessment for 2nd grade students who were found eligible for further testing based on their CogAT Screener scores will occur during the school day in each elementary school in December.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will begin receiving services Fall 2020.

    Winter 2019-2020

    Kindergarten Only 

     

    • Screening for all kindergarten students using the CogAT Screening Form.
    • Screening will occur during the school day in each kindergarten class in December.
    • Opportunity to Opt Out: If you do not want your student to participate in the screening, please complete the CogAT Screener Opt out Form.
    • Results from the screener are final. There is no appeals process for the screener.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap kindergarten services will participate in the Talent Development Program Spring 2020.

     

    All Shoreline Students and Shoreline Private School Students

     
    • Testing opportunity for all other grade 1+ Shoreline students not previously screened or tested during the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Testing opportunity for private school grade 1-6 students who reside within Shoreline School District Boundaries. Proof of residency and payment of $55 is required for private school students.
    • Testing will occur during the school day in each elementary school.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will begin receiving services Fall 2020.
    • Winter 2020 HiCap Testing Registration Link English, Enlace de registro español - Registration available November 15th - December 20th.

    Summer 2020 

    New Students Only

     
    • Testing opportunity for NEW SHORELINE STUDENTS ONLY grades 1-6 who have not already been tested for hi-cap services for this year.
    • Students determined eligible for hi-cap services will begin receiving services Fall 2020.
    • Testing will occur at the Shoreline Center date TBD.
    • New Student HiCap Testing Registration Link - Registration not yet available.

Assessments and Data Used in Eligibility Determination

  • Eligibility for highly capable services is determined based on multiple criteria, including scores obtained from the highly capable testing process (CogAT), as well as other information available on students within Shoreline. Examples of such data include district achievement scores (i-Ready, Reading Inventory, DIBELS), state testing scores (Smarter Balanced), teacher feedback, and report card data. If district achievement data is not available for students, they may be administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)-Screener

    The CogAT Screener is an abbreviated version of the CogAT Complete, with the first subtest of each of the three batteries. The Screening is completed on-line. Click here for more information on the CogAT Screener.

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)-CogAT Complete

    The CogAT is an aptitude assessment with three sections or batteries - Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. The questions on the CogAT do not look like other reading or math questions students may have encountered and instead measures verbal and quantitative/mathematical reasoning in a more abstract way. The Nonverbal battery of the CogAT is the section of the test that research has found to be most highly correlated to giftedness and success in the highly capable program. This section measures logic and abstract reasoning and contains problems different from what students may have previously encountered. The Nonverbal battery measures reasoning using pictures and geometric shapes. The Nonverbal battery also appraises the student’s ability to use her/his cognitive resources in new situations.

    CogAT appraises the cognitive development of students from kindergarten through grade 12. The test measures student’s learned reasoning abilities. The questions on CogAT require students to demonstrate their verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.

    • The Verbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to use search, retrieval and comparison processes that are essential for verbal reasoning.
    • The Quantitative Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason about patterns and relations using concepts that are essential in quantitative thinking.
    • The Nonverbal Battery assesses students’ abilities to reason with somewhat more novel questions that use spatial and figural content.

    i-Ready

    i-Ready is Shoreline's district achievement assessment for Math (grades 1+) and Reading (grades 1-5). The assessments are administred three time per school year (fall, winter and spring). The i-Ready Diagnostic is a computer adaptive assessment that meaures both student performance and growth. More information about i-Ready can be found here.

    Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

    The Iowa Test (ITBS) is an achievement test and measures the reading/vocabulary and math that a student knows can can do. The ITBS is used to assess a student's educational progress in such areas as vocabulary, reading, math and science (note: Shoreline administers the Reading and Math protions of the ITBS only for highly capable assessment). The test is tailored specifically for different grade levels. Developed by the College of Education at the University of Iowa, the ITBS can help supplement teachers in their observations about student capabilities, such as what a student’s most and least developed skills are. The ITBS has been in use since 1935.

    The test is available at different levels for students at different grade levels. The batteries aim to help determine how prepared students are for academic instruction, what individual accommodations may be necessary, which students may require early intervention, and to determine each student’s individual baseline of achievement.