Roxbury Gifted & Talented Program FAQ’s
2016-2017 School Year
Grades 3 - 6
How does my child qualify for the program?
The Roxbury School District will work effectively and creatively to identify potentially gifted students in grades 3-6 for pull-out STEAM enrichment using the following measures:
Measure #1: Renaissance Test Scores - Reading and Math (completed 3 times a year with their classes - (June test scores will be used to determine qualification for the following school year). (January scores will be reviewed as well for the spring session.)
Measure #2: A Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) will be administered to all students in grades 2 through 5 toward the end of the school year (May/June-see calendar) as a secondary measure, to give a snapshot of students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students in grades 2 & 3 will take the Verbal and Non-Verbal sections of the CogAT, while the grade 4 & 5 students will complete the Verbal, Quantitative and Non-Verbal sections. The assessments will happen over the course of a few weeks as each section takes approximately 40 minutes to administer.
The CogAT scores are measured as:
Verbal (verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies);
Quantitative (quantitative relations, number series, and equation building);
Non-Verbal (figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis).
What is the criteria for qualification?
At least (2) national percentile rankings (PR) of 90% and above on Renaissance and/or CogAT assessments.
All scores MUST be 80% or higher
How many kids are admitted into the program?
There is no set limit or quota for the program, it is open to all that meet the criteria set above.
Qualifying students will be invited to enroll in the program via letters that will be sent home through USPS at the end of June / early July.
In January, the Renaissance scores for all students in grades 3-6 will be reviewed. If there is an indication that they should be reconsidered for the program, it will done at that time. Parents will be notified via a letter sent home with their son/daughter if their child is being considered for mid-year enrollment. This will entail being reassessed using any part of the CogAT that did not previously meet the benchmark.
Why are we using the CogAT as a measure?
The Cognitive Abilities Test is a "standardized test" that has national norms and rankings. The test is given in short 10 minute sections (3 at a time) that each have directions read aloud to the students and examples given. It will be presented in a positive way to the students, not as a "qualification test," but as an opportunity to "show what you know and how you think." The CogAT is used by many Gifted and Talented Programs in the country and will help identified students qualify for summer programs or in other districts if a family moves.
"The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal . . . CogAT is well-suited to help educators make important student placement decisions, such as selecting students for Gifted and Talented programs . . ."
No, however if you would like to email Mr. Charles Seipp (Asst. Superintendent of Schools) to inquire about your child, we welcome you to do so. Inquiries for Renaissance scores can be obtained by contacting the classroom teacher.