Testing and Identification Schedule

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is one measure currently used for identification of gifted and talented students in our district.  The test is a matrix-reasoning ability measure made up of diagrams and shapes that form patterns.

The test includes segments that test pattern completion, reasoning by analogy, serial reasoning and spatial visualization.  The NNAT requires students to rely on reasoning and problem-solving skills instead of verbal skills.

The NNAT is considered culturally fair and unbaised because it does not rely on language acquisition or cultural references.  It is appropriate for students who have limited English-language skills.  The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test provides a valid way to measure general ability for all students.  

Fall Testing

In September, all third graders will be tested in their classroom using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).  All fourth and fifth graders new to the district will also be tested using the NNAT.  These test results are part of the identification criteria to place students in the Focus program.  MAP scores and MCA scores are also used for Focus placement.

Focus classes will start at the beginning of October for students in grades three, four and five.  Additional students will be added throughout the school year based on qualifying test scores.  Students who have already been placed in the Focus program will continue to be served.

Grade 2 Indentification

All students in grade 2 will be tested in February using the NNAT.  This is one of the measures used for gifted identification.  In addition to the NNAT, MAP and MCA test scores are used in the gifted identification process.