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Cogat letter to parents

August 26, 2014

Dear Parents:

The week of September 8th, all Sand Creek Elementary students in Grade 3 will take the Cognitive 

Abilities Test (CogAT 7). This is an assessment that indicates the level and pattern of cognitive 

development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, 

which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences 

gained both in and out of school. 

The CogAT is comprised of three subsections:

• Verbal: Measures a child’s ability to remember and transform sequences of English words, to 

understand them and to make inferences and judgments about them.

• Quantitative: Tests the child’s understanding of basic quantitative concepts and relationships that

are essential for learning mathematics. Tasks measure both the understanding of relational 

concepts and the student’s ability to discover relationships and to figure out a rule or principle that 

explains them.

• Non-Verbal: Measures reasoning using pictures and geometric shapes. This reduces the impact 

of language on the student’s score.

The results of these tests will serve several functions. First and foremost, the test scores will be used to 

drive instructional practices in the classroom. The scores will guide efforts to adapt teaching methods to 

the needs and abilities of the students. The scores are also used as one component of the body of 

evidence to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming.

We ask that you avoid scheduling any appointments that would require your student being absent from 

school during this testing window. You can help your student do his/her best on the CogAT by 

encouraging him/her to approach the testing with a positive attitude, and by making sure he/she has a 

good night’s sleep the night before testing, and a good breakfast each morning of testing. 

We appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter 

please feel free to contact Erin Hastedt ekhastedt@dcsdk12.org.

Sincerely,

Philip G. Ranford

Sand Creek Elementary Principal
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