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Lincoln & Mann ELP Newsletter - April 2019

Cognitive Abilities Testing (CogAT) Full Battery Beginning Soon!

The deadline for nominating 3rd - 5th grade students has passed (March 29, 2019) and all Lincoln and Mann students have taken the CogAT screener.

Beginning April 29th thru May 17th, students who are:

* 3rd - 5th grade and nominated by teachers

* 3rd - 5th grade and nominated by parents

* 2nd grade and scored high enough on screener

* 2nd grade and requested by parents (but did not score high enough on screener)

will be taking the full battery of the CogAT.

Your child's classroom teacher will send home a note notifying you of when your child will be tested (if requested by the date above or qualified to take the full battery from the screener).

If you have questions, please, contact me - Diane Bradford at bradford.diane@iowacityschools.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions...

What type of test is the CogAT?

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (NRT).

What does CogAT measure?

The CogAT measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school and are important outcomes of good schooling. CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement.

How do the three sections of the CogAT differ?

The Verbal Battery measures flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in reasoning with verbal materials and in solving verbal problems. These reasoning abilities play an important role in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and virtually all verbal learning tasks.

The Quantitative Battery measures quantitative reasoning skills; flexibility and fluency in working with quantitative symbols and concepts; and the ability to organize, structure, and give meaning to an unordered set of numerals and mathematical symbols. These reasoning skills are significantly related to problem-solving in mathematics and other disciplines.

The Nonverbal Battery measures reasoning using geometric shapes and figures. To perform successfully, students must invent strategies for solving novel problems. They must be flexible in using these strategies and accurate in implementing them.

What Have We Been Doing in ELP?

Enrichment Clubs Ending the Week of May 6-10th

This year, it has been my pleasure to work with additional students (who may or may not have qualified for ELP services). These students displayed high ability learning in specific areas in the classroom and, therefore, spent additional time in the ELP room working on those areas. Enrichment Clubs were offered in the following areas for 3rd - 6th graders:

* Reading

* Math

* Writing

* Technology