Identification Process

A comprehensive identification process for identifying students for gifted and/or talented services includes multiple assessments:

  • Screener Assessments
  • Ability Assessments
  • Achievement Assessments
  • Performance classroom assessments 
  • Parent Observation 
  • Teacher Observation

Assessment Schedule, Types, and Purpose


Grade Levels

Use of Assessment Data

Frequency of Assessment

How Results May Be Shared with Parents/ Guardians

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 

Available in English and Spanish


Used to measure students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school:  Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal.  

As requested by the Learning Support Team.  There are fall, winter, and spring testing windows.  

-Learning Support Team Meeting


-U.S. Mail

-School Messenger (phone message)

Curriculum Assessments; Grade-Level / Content Area Classroom Common Assessments


Used to analyze student academic performance 


-Report Card

-Parent/Teacher Conference

-Teacher Home Communications

Wisconsin Forward Exam

Grades 3-8

State-required assessment

Once annually in the spring

-U.S. Mail


Grade 11

State-required assessment

Statewide in spring for juniors; students may opt to register for the test at additional times

-Parent Portal

ACT Aspire

Grades 9-10

State-required assessment

Once annually in the spring

-Parent Portal

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