Students in second grade will be administered the CogAT and Iowa assessments as part of South Carolina’s Grade 2 Gifted and Talented Assessment Program. SC State Board Regulation 43-220 requires districts to test all enrolled students (in-person and virtual). Testing is conducted at the student’s enrolled elementary school.
These assessments are used as screeners for qualifying students to participate in our South Carolina Gifted and Talented Program (Challenge). The test results are also used to determine placement in the Charles Townes Center (CTC) at Sterling School for Highly Gifted students. Complete criteria for Challenge and CTC can be found on the Greenville County Schools website: https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/gifted-talented/gt-criteria.
Although the primary purpose of these assessments is to identify students for the Gifted and Talented Programs, students’ results can be useful to teachers as they examine their instructional practices and can help them identify teaching strategies for all students.
Testing will take place on the following dates.
CogAT Verbal Battery - Monday, October 11
CogAT Quantitative Battery - Tuesday, October 12
CogAT Nonverbal Battery - Wednesday, October 13
Iowa Reading & Math - Thursday, October 14
While these tests are untimed, most students will finish CogAT testing in about one hour and Iowa testing in about two hours (breaks will be provided as needed). Students will complete the CogAT and Iowa assessments on computers. Students must bring their charged, district-issued device each day of testing. Students will also need a pair of wired (non-Bluetooth) headphones or earbuds. Please ensure your student is on-time each day, and refrain from scheduling any early dismissals or appointments on test days.
If you have questions regarding the CogAT/Iowa testing program, please contact Cheryl Elliott at 355-3212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the Gifted and Talented Program and/or CTC, please contact Jane Snyder at 355-4821 or at email@example.com.
Proviso 1.96, passed by the SC Legislature in June 2021, requires that school districts in South Carolina administer a reading and math test three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). 1st grade students will be scheduled to participate in MAP Growth testing in reading and math in September, December, and March. Assessment results help guide teachers’ reading and math instruction by better understanding what students know and are able to do, where students need support, and what students are ready to learn next.
1st grade students will take the reading test on Tuesday, September 14 at 8:00 am and the math test on Tuesday, September 21 at 8:00 am. Due to the uncertainty of and impact surrounding COVID-19 affecting schools’ schedules, all dates are subject to change.
Students should bring their assigned Chromebook (charged) to each testing session. During test sessions, students may not be in possession of or use any electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, smart watches) other than the device used for testing.
If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Elliott at 864-355-3212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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