Placement in G/T Classes
Students are placed in G/T content area classes based upon multiple criteria. The first step in the placement process includes the testing of all students in Grade 5 using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).
CogAT Eligibility Ranges:
Those students entering HCPSS in middle school will be tested using the School and College Ability Test (SCAT).
In addition to those students whose scores fall within the CogAT or SCAT eligibility ranges, students also may be recommended to participate in G/T content classes by the school’s G/T Placement Committee. This committee reviews multiple data points related to a student’s performance, including additional assessment scores, student work samples, Instructional Seminar and Curriculum Extension Unit participation, and report card grades. The committee may recommend placement at the end of elementary school or in subsequent middle school years.
If a student is not eligible for G/T content area classes through testing, parents, teachers, and administrators may request a placement review, a process which incorporates multiple criteria including standardized tests, student work samples, classroom observation, and parental and teacher input. For information on how parents may initiate the placement review process, please refer to Parent Initiation of the Placement Review Process document for G/T Content Area Classes.
If a family disagrees with the recommendation of the G/T Placement Committee, the family has the option to complete the Course Placement Review form, which would enroll the student in the requested class. Interested families should contact their child’s school-based G/T Resource Teacher.