GATE Classroom

Eligibility for Gifted Programming

Robotics Academy

Stillwater Area Public Schools has adopted research-based best-practice assessments to determine which students need specialized instructional services and programs to meet their full potential. Assessment procedures are specific to the student’s age and grade level and may include but not be limited to:

  • Cognitive (general intellectual) Ability tests
  • Achievement tests
  • Teacher recommendation/input

Classroom performance, all assessment information and additional data is reviewed by a building/district identification team to determine whether or not the student is in need of specialized services and/or programs including the possibility of course or grade level acceleration.

All third grade students will be assessed using the CogAT. While this test can be used to identify gifted and talented students, more importantly, it is used to identify students strengths that are not neccesarily revealed with achivement tests.

Testing accommodations will be considered only for students on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. 

Full scale scores from outside IQ tests will be considered if they are completed by a professional included on this list.

2017-18 Important Dates:

    • November 10, 2017: Deadline for parents/teachers to request CogAT testing
    • November 13-22, 2017: CogAT testing in all elementary buildings