About the Tests

  • Cognitive Abilities Test
    The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to prospective ELP students in grades 4–8. It can also be given to students in grade 3 who have taken the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, 2nd Edition (NNAT2) and need more cognitive information. 

    For third grade students the CogAT can be administered after the NNAT2 testing has occurred and it has been determined that more cognitive information is necessary. Since the NNAT2 is administered during two different district-specified weeks, the CogAT would be given shortly following those weeks. The CogAT may be given to a single student or to a small group of students.

    For grades four through six the CogAT is administered when a student has been recommended for the Extended Learning Program. There is no district-specified time of year for this to take place. The CogAT may be given to a single student or to a small group of students.

    For middle school students the CogAT is offered during the  district specified week. Students who have been recommended for the Extended Learning Program are tested during the 1st semester.

    Woodcock Johnson IV
    The Woodcock Johnson IV (WJ IV) can be administered in grades three through eight for academic achievement information regarding eligibility for the Extended Learning Program. 

    Grade three may be administered the WJ IV after the NNAT2 screening has been given and it has been determined that more information is necessary before a decision is made regarding ELP eligibility. Since the NNAT2 is administered during two different district-specified weeks, the WJ IV would be given shortly following those weeks. The majority of the WJ IV is administered to a single student, however; the three fluency subtests may be administered to a small group.

    Grades four through six may be administered the WJ IV when a student has been recommended for the Extended Learning Program and there is a need for more information regarding the student's academic achievement. The majority of the WJ IV is administered to a single student, however; the three fluency subtests may be administered to a small group. There is no district-specified time of year for this to take place.

    Middle school students will be administered the WJ IV during the district-specified week. Students who have been recommended for the Extended Learning Program are tested in the 1st semester of the school year as determined by the school district. The majority of the WJ IV is administered to a single student, however; the three fluency subtests may be administered to a small group

    Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
    The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (Torrance) can be administered in grades three through eight for information regarding creativity in a student's eligibility for the Extended Learning Program. 

    Grade three may be administered the Torrance after the NNAT2 screening has been given and it has been determined that more information is necessary before a decision is made regarding ELP eligibility. Since the NNAT2is administered during two different district-specified weeks, the Torrance would be given following those weeks. The Torrance can be administered to an individual student or to a small group of students.

    Grades four through six
    may be administered the Torrance when a student has been recommended for the Extended Learning Program and there is a need for more information regarding the student's creative ability. The Torrance can be administered to an individual student or to a small group of students.

    Middle school
    students can be administered the Torrance during the district-specified week. Students who have been recommended for the Extended Learning Program are tested in either the first quarter or the third quarter of the school year as determined by the school district. The Torrance can be administered to an individual student or to a small group of students.

    Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2)
    The NNAT2 measures visual perceptual skills and the ability to form perceptual relationships. It measures a student’s ability to reason by analogy, which helps students to understand new material more readily. It also measures a student’s ability to make sense out of complex data. The test was designed to be independent of language, culture, or formal school experience. 

    Grade three students will be administered the NNAT2 during one of two district specified weeks to screen for formal testing for the Extended Learning Program. For students receiving an ability index score of 121, there will automatically be a permission to test form sent home for formal testing. Parents or classroom teachers may request testing for students who received scores lower than 121. In either situation, written parent permission will have to be obtained before further testing can take place.

    Grades four through eight
    may administer the NNAT2 in order to gather more cognitive information in addition to or in lieu of the Cognitive Abilities test. 

    Iowa Acceleration Scale
    What is the Iowa Acceleration Scale?

    • The Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS) is a tool used to help guide a team through the process of determining if a student would benefit from whole grade acceleration in grades 1-8. It may not be used with high school students due to credit requirements. 

    Ordering Information

    • The school district will order the IAS. If you need one, please contact the Extended Learning Program Facilitator. More about the IAS.
Last Modified on October 23, 2017