CoGAT Testing

Dear Parents and Guardians of 2nd Grade Students,

House Bill 14-1102 requires that all state schools identify gifted children and provide for their education. As such, Compass Montessori will continue to offer gifted and talented testing for all second graders. This test is called the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).

This letter is to inform you of the logistics of this testing as well as to give you an overview of what gifted and talented education looks like in a Montessori environment.

The district-identified process for identifying and serving children for gifted and talented services looks similar to this:

  • The parent reviews this information and makes an informed decision about whether to have their child take the CogAT test.

  • If the parent chooses testing, the child will leave the classroom to take three sessions of testing over three days that are each approximately 60 minutes in length.

  • The child takes the CogAT to identify areas of strength under the domains of Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal.

  • The school pays for the test to be processed and scored.

  • If the child is identified as having a strength in one or more of the three domains s/he is placed on an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP).

  • The child, parents, and teacher work together to create a goal specific to the area(s) identified.

  • Goals are recorded and documented in the School Online Assessment Reporting System (SOARS) housed with the district.

  • The child works on their ALP goal throughout the school year.

  • At the end of the school year the teacher determines if the goal has been met and documents such in SOARS. An unmet goal will be carried forward to the new school year, or a new goal will be created with the parents and child involved.

As Montessorians, our approach to education for all students is similar to what the district process is for ALPs. For example:

  • We see every child as having areas of strength that extend beyond those identified in a traditional classroom.

  • We see and strive to nurture all children in all areas: verbal, quantitative, nonverbal, social, emotional, physical, and academic.

  • No child is held back from exploring their interests no matter their grade level or ability in other areas.

  • All children are encouraged to work beyond a “traditional” externally-identified boundary.

  • Every day we work with your children to identify their goals for the day, week, month, or even a year. These goals are based on academics and many other areas like social graces, organization, success on trips, and self advocacy.

  • We support all children in their strengths, but also feel that it is just as important, if not more so, to focus on areas of weakness as well.

  • Projects and goals fluctuate throughout the year in a Montessori classroom as we are working on following the interests and developmental needs of each child. As new passions present themselves we are able to foster and facilitate new learning.

  • We are committed to, and seek balance in, honoring the whole child while holding all areas of development as equally important. Montessori education is designed to meet each child in their individual area of giftedness – at their own pace.

Please consider all the information as you make your decision about participating in CogAT testing. If you choose to not have your child take the test, please fill out the attached form and return it to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, October 5th. Our testing days will be Monday - Wednesday, October 10-12, in the mornings.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you!

Cameron and Amy

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Participation Form

If you choose to not have your child take the test, please fill out the this form and return it to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, October 5th.


Child’s Name:  ______________________________


___  I/We choose to NOT have our child participate in the CogAT test.



Parent Printed Name



Parent Signature