Talented and Gifted (TAG)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), the BSD TAG testing process will look different for the 2020-21 school year. Please read the information in the panels below and contact Joan McFadden (who will be Jacob Wismer's 2020-21 TAG facilitator) at email@example.com if you have any additional questions.
Parent Nomination Forms for TAG Testing
A school newsletter will be sent to families in mid to late October with nomination information and submission deadlines.
Each year students are considered for Talented and Gifted students in the Beaverton School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to complete the Parent Information Form below. Completing this form gives your child's school TAG committee more information about your child. Classroom teachers also collect observational data from students each fall and make recommendations for testing.
- K-3 Parent Information Form - submit the completed form to Jolene Urban*
- 4-8 Parent Information Form - submit the completed form to Jolene Urban*
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our current reality of Comprehensive Distance Learning, the BSD TAG testing process will look different this year. Teachers will spend this Fall collecting evidence on how students respond to differentiation within their distance learning classroom. School TAG facilitators will collect nominations from teachers and parents this Fall, and along with collected evidence, decisions will be made on which students will be selected to test in person after January 11, 2021. More details regarding testing will be updated on or before January 5, 2021.
- The CogAT Screener will not be administered to all 3rd and 5th grade students this year.
- A school TAG committee will determine which K-3 students take the CogAT, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after January 11, 2021.
- All 5th grade students will be invited to take the CogAT Full version at their neighborhood school in late October/early November. Scores from the full version of the CogAT can be used for both TAG/Summa.
IOWA TEST OF BASIC SKILLS (ITBS: READING AND/OR MATH)
Elementary Schools: A school TAG committee will determine which K-5 students take the ITBS based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after January 11, 2021.
Middle & High Schools: A school TAG committee will determine which 6th-12th grade students will take the ITBS, based on nominations and collected evidence. Testing will occur after January 11, 2021.
CogAT and ITBS scores are used for TAG identification in all grades.
For current 5th-7th graders, CogAT and ITBS scores administered after July 1, 2019 can be used for Summa eligibility. Test scores must be administered within a school system.
TAG Services will work with other BSD departments to provide testing access for all indicated students.
Talented & Gifted (TAG) FAQs
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple-choice test designed to measure a child's academic aptitude and gifted abilities. The test measures reasoning and problem solving in three different areas: verbal, quantitative and nonverbal. Students who score in the 97% or higher are considered TAG in intellect.
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a nationally administered set of exams designed to assess student ability. Students are given the ITBS in the areas of reading and math only. Students who score 97% or higher in math are considered TAG in math. Students who score 97% or higher in reading reading are considered TAG in reading.
Note: State SBAC scores are not used to determine TAG or Summa eligibility.
The Summa program provides a differentiated, challenging curriculum that meets the cognitive, emotional, and social needs of highly gifted students, while being sensitive to their developmental level.
Summa Eligibility (based on 4th & 5th grade scores)
99th percentile (age-based) on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CoGAT)
99th percentile on the total Reading or total Math Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
at the 97th percentile or higher in a different area: Total ITBS Reading, total ITBS Math or CogAT full version
ALL SCORES MUST BE FROM A RECENTLY ADMINISTERED (SINCE JULY 1, 2018 COGAT OR IOWA TEST OF BASIC SKILLS (ITBS) GIVEN WITHIN A SCHOOL SYSTEM. THE BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT ACCEPT PRIVATE TESTING. STUDENTS MUST BE TAG IDENTIFIED AND LIVE WITHIN THE BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES.
- Meadow Park - Cedar Park, Five Oaks, Meadow Park boundaries
- Stoller - Stoller boundaries
- Whitford - Conestoga, Highland Park, Mountain View, Whitford
Summa Application - Information will be posted by October 19, 2020
Grade 5 students will be invited to take the CogAT Full Version at a BSD school (sites are still being determined) in November. Information regarding dates and times will be emailed in late October/early November to all 5th grade families.
A student qualifies for Summa with 4th or 5th grade scores (scores received in earlier grades do not count) on the ITBS or COGAT only. SBAC (state testing) scores are not considered.
All 5th grade students that have been identified as TAG will be invited to take the ITBS Reading and Math tests in late November at a BSD school TBD. Invitations to current 5th grade TAG students will be emailed in early November.
- If your child does not pass the tests at 97% or above, there will be NO further opportunity for Summa testing; students will not be able to take the test again in 5th grade.
- If your child passes the tests at 97% or above, but does not meet the 97% and 99% on two different tests (see Summa Testing & Eligibility panel above), they will now qualify for TAG and will be invited to test for Summa in 5th grade through the district.
- If you child passes the test with a 97% and 99% on test tests, they will automatically qualify for Summa.