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Gifted and Talented

Position Statement

The Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District recognizes that outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. 

Los Fresnos CISD identifies and serves elementary students in the area of general intellectual ability through differentiated curriculum and instruction in the four (4) core areas, ELAR, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Secondary students are identified and served in one or more Honors, AP and/or Dual Enrollment courses in the four (4) core content areas. 

Los Fresnos CISD accepts the definition for gifted/talented students as defined by Section 29.121 of the Texas Education Code:

A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who

  • exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual area; or
  • excels in a specific academic field.
 
The Cognitive Abilities Test or CogAT is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test. In Los Fresnos CISD, the CogAT  Screener is administered by counselors in an online format. The questions are all multiple choice. The CogAT is one of the most trusted and widely used ability tests in the US and is reliable and valid for the use in identifying academically talented students.  CogAT captures important information not represented in report cards or other measures of school achievement.  Tests in Kinder - 2nd grade, do not require any reading and is entirely pictorial.  The CogAT is fair to English learners and other students who exhibit cultural or language diversity.  
 
The CogAT measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: Verbal (Picture Analogies), Quantitative (Number Analogies), and Nonverbal (Figure Matricies). Reasoning skills develop gradually throughout a person’s lifetime and at different rates for different individuals.
 
The CogAT does not measure such factors as effort, attention, motivation, and work habits, which also contribute importantly to school achievement. The CogAT measures both general and specific cognitive abilities. The general reasoning abilities measured by the test show the cognitive process and strategies that help a student learn new tasks or solve problems.
Los Fresnos CISD utilizes these tests as part of the identification process of gifted and talented students.

Kinder Teacher Guide **Picture Analogies
Kinder Teacher Guide #Number Analogies
Kinder Teacher Guide Figure Matrices


The following documents are Kindergarten teacher guides that are used during the administration of the CogAT.  The instructions for each test are found in each document.  
The following documents are Kindergarten CogAT practice guides from the test publishing company.  Use of the documents may be supplemented with instructions from the teacher guidance documents.

Kinder Practice Activities **Picture Analogies
Kinder Practice Activities #Number Analogies
Kinder Practice Activities Figure Matrices


The following documents are First grade teacher guides that are used during the administration of the CogAT.  The instructions for each test are found in each document.  

1st Grade Teacher Guide Figure Matrices
1st Grade Teacher Guide Number Analogies
1st Grade Teacher Guide Picture Analogies 


The following documents are 2nd - 5th grade CogAT practice guides from the test publishing company. Use of the documents may be supplemented with instructions. 

2nd Grade.CogATPractice.Complete 
3rd Grade.CogATPractice.Complete
4th and 5th Grade.CogATPractice.Complete

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CogAT is trademarked and is registered with its respective publisher. Below are some sites that provide additional resources not affiliated with the testing company or Los Fresnos CISD. 

Neither Los Fresnos CISD, Office of Advanced Academics, or CogAT sponsor or endorse any of the products, nor have the products or services been reviewed, certified or approved by the CogAT or Los Fresnos CISD.