The REACH Department will provide testing to identify gifted students at each of our school sites at least once a year. Students can be referred for testing by their teachers, parents or they may self refer. A Permission to Test form must be turned into the REACH teacher before testing can take place. The REACH teacher will notify the student and parents when testing is scheduled. Students who miss testing at their home school may be transported to another site for testing.
During the first semester, all 2nd grade students will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test for verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning. Students who score in the superior range will be provided the opportunity to participate in the REACH program.
Students in kindergarten and 1st grade who are eligible for testing will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test for verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning second semester.
All students in grades 3-11 who are eligible for testing will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning first semester.
Students who score at the 97th percentile or above in any one of the three areas tested (verbal, quantitative, non-verbal) will be identified for gifted services.
Students in grades K-11 who score in the 94th - 96th percentile in any one of the three areas tested will be placed in the program provisionally and receive gifted services for one year. The REACH teacher will evaluate the student’s need for continued gifted services in January of the following year.
Students whose primary home language is other than English (PHLOTE) and/or who have at-risk factors may also be tested with the Ravens’ Test of Progressive Matrices. The REACH teacher may evaluate these students using our district’s Multiple Criteria Checklist (MCC). Students who score at least 10 points on the MCC will receive gifted services on a one-year provisional basis. The REACH teacher will evaluate the student’s need for continued gifted services in January of the following year.