Second Grade CogAT Screener

  • In an effort to ensure we are identifying students who could potentially qualify for highly capable services, a universal screening opportunity called the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be taken by all second-grade students in the district. This universal screener will be in addition to the universal screener administered during kindergarten.

    During the week of December 5th, all second-grade students will be given the CogAT screener. The assessment will occur during the school day, in your student’s classroom.

    The CogAT Screener is not designed to be an indicator of a student's grade-level performance. The CogAT measures cognitive development of a student compared to age-level and grade-level peers. The CogAT does not measure factors such as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, all of which contribute to school achievement and success.

    All second-grade students scoring at or above the 95th percentile on the CogAT Screener will automatically be nominated for further assessment to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria for gifted services. For more information regarding the nomination process and eligibility, please visit our District Gifted Program webpage.

    Please note, results from outside testing agencies are not accepted for qualification of gifted services. Assessment results from the universal screener are not subject to appeal. Services for identified, eligible students will begin in the 2023-2024 school year.  

    If you do not want your child screened, please complete the SVSD CogAT Opt Out Form and email to Darlene Lane,, before Monday, November 28th.