Spectra Student Identification

The gifted program is a state-assisted program and therefore must comply with state guidelines. Students are assessed in the following categories to determine possible eligibility for gifted services:

Intellectual Ability
Intellectual ability is measured using a DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) approved scale of intelligence. A psychological examiner administers the test. The typical score for students who qualify is 124+.

Abstract Reasoning

All students will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) screening measure. The Screening Form consists of one subtest from each of the three CogAT batteries: the Picture/Verbal Analogies test, the Number Analogies test, and the Figure Matrices test which provides a single score that estimates students’ general reasoning abilities. The score needed to move forward with testing is 115+. Scores range from 0-160.

Academic Ability

Academic ability is measured using a norm-referenced test with a score in the 95 percentile (or higher) or demonstrated ability at high levels in multiple areas such as grades, report cards, common assessments and district benchmarks.

Observed Behaviors
The gifted education specialist will conduct an observation or a portfolio will be evaluated for behaviors that correlate with giftedness.  

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