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Assessment Measures

 

Academic Achievement

Cognitive ability

 

English

Math

Verbal

Quantitative

Nonverbal

K

WaKIDS

WaKIDS

NNAT3

NNAT3 NNAT3

1 – 3

BAS

STAR Math

NNAT3 NNAT3 NNAT3

4 – 9

SBA ELA

SBA Math

NNAT3 NNAT3 NNAT3

10 – 12

SBA ELA or PSAT

SBA Math or PSAT

NNAT3 NNAT3 NNAT3


English Language Learners

In addition to ability and achievement assessments, the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21) is used to evaluate students whose first language is not English to determine their ability for rapid language acquisition which can be a characteristic of highly capable learners.

Special Education Students

Students who qualify for Highly Capable program services and also qualify for either special education services or a 504 plan are often referred to as twice-exceptional students. Additional data available for students with IEPs may be used in the identification process when relevant to determine a need for highly capable program services.

Highly Capable Identification Assessments

·         BAS

The Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) is a comprehensive system for one-on-one assessment completed by classroom teachers two to three times a year that reliably and systematically measures students' instructional and independent reading abilities.

Cognitive Abilities Test Screener version 7 (CogAT)

The CogAT Screener measures three separate cognitive domains for a more complete perspective on a student's reasoning abilities. No reading is required for younger students; pictures are used instead of text and the test questions are read aloud to students.

o    Verbal - The Verbal section is comprised of Picture Analogies OR Verbal Analogies.

o    Quantitative - The Quantitative section is comprised of Number Analogies.

o    Nonverbal - The Nonverbal section is comprised of Figure Matrices.

 

PSAT

The College Board’s PSAT focuses on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success. The tests are nationally normed and have three sections: Reading; Writing and Language; and Math. The test is aligned with the widely used college entrance exam known as the SAT.

SBA ELA and SBA Mathematics

The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics are state tests taken at the end of the year in grades 3 – 8, 10 & 11. The summative assessment is administered during the last 12 weeks of the school year. It describes both student achievement and growth of student learning and provides valid, reliable, and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college- and career-ready.

STAR Math Assessment

STAR assessment is a computer adaptive math assessment tool, using sophisticated item calibration and psychometrics to dynamically adjust to each student's unique responses in grades kindergarten through ninth grade. It is given initially to assess students' computational skills for their grade level.  It can be given multiple times throughout the school year in order to regularly monitor the development of computational skills and procedures.

WaKIDS (TS Gold)

The WaKIDS is an ongoing evaluation tool for early childhood educators that includes predictors of school success and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)

The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21) determines student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services. The ELPA21 annually assess growth in English language development for eligible students in: reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.