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Second Grade CogAT Testing
Second Grade CogAT Testing
Posted on 01/09/2020

2nd grade testing for the Highly Capable Program


All second grade students enrolled in the district will be administered the Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) Screener in late January/February. Students who score in the top 12% on the CogAT Screener and who have written parental permission will move forward in the assessment process.

QUEST (Testing 2nd grade)

  • January 27 – February 7: CogAT Screener administered in schools
  • February 13: Consent deadline
  • February 18 - 26: CogAT Post-screener

The CogAT 7 Screening Form is designed to help identify students who should be considered for advanced academic programs.  This assessment window is the end of January and early February for all second-grade students in the Puyallup School District.  The assessment consists of the Picture/Verbal Analogies test, the Number Analogies test, and the Figure Matrices test.  All three tests are entirely pictorial. The Screening Form provides a single score that estimates a student’s general reasoning abilities.  The score is one data point used to determine which students might benefit from accelerated coursework.  The group-administered test takes 30-40 minutes and is an online format.  

If you choose not to have your student participate in this assessment, forms to opt out are available at each school office.  All parents will receive the test results with the second trimester report card.  The results will include an explanation of the score. 

If your child’s score on the CogAT 7 Screening Form indicates she/he might benefit from accelerated coursework, you will receive an invitation for your child to participate in the CogAT 7 Post-Screener test.  The invitation, sent by USPS mail in February, will include your child’s score on the CogAT 7 Screening Form, information about the identification process for the highly capable program, and a permission slip.  If you choose to have your child take the post-screener test, the permission slip must be returned in a timely manner. 

The CogAT 7 scores, along with district assessments and teacher input, will be used to make placement decisions for the 2020-21 school year.  If your child is offered highly capable placement, parents have the option of accepting the placement in the highly capable program or having their child remain in general education.

For more information about our Highly Capable programs, visit our webpage.