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How do I Apply for Gifted?

Register for 2023-24 school year eligibility testing

Eligibility testing dates are posted below. Please register for the grade your student is currently enrolled in.

Weekday Testing Saturday Event                    
Current 5th Graders Current 5th Graders
Current 6th Graders Current 6th Graders
Current 7th & 8th Graders Current 7th & 8th Graders

Gifted Eligibility Testing Calendar

*No gifted eligibility testing will take place outside of the posted schedule. Registration links for the winter, spring and summer testing rounds will be posted closer to those times.

*Seats are offered to eligible students after each round of testing.

Gifted Academy Testing

​​The Gifted Academy program in Rockford Public Schools affirms the need to identify students with potential at any point in their educational career and to provide the kinds of educational services which will enable them to demonstrate a level of achievement commensurate with their potential.​

Based on research and common understandings about gifted programming, we welcome any student who lives within the boundaries of Rockford Public Schools to participate in our eligibility testing. We encourage anyone who sees potential in a child to contact the Gifted Academy for more information: a parent, a teacher, a school administrator, community member, even the student himself/herself.

 

Testing Consent Forms

All students must have a testing consent form filled out to be eligible for testing. This form will be emailed to you when you register for testing.

   

Accommodations

Students with testing accommodations documented on an IEP or 504 Plan will need to contact Joanna Nelson​​​, Assistant Principal of Thurgood Marshall Elementary and Testing, to discuss your child's specific accommodation needs. The IEP/504 Plan ​will be reviewed and testing options will be discussed. The Special Education and Psychology Departments may be consulted to develop the best plan for the student.​ The need for accommodations should be indicated on the online registration form.

    

Testing and Eligibility

In accordance with Board Policy 7.55

  • If you are a current resident, in order to be eligible to be tested for this special program, students must:
    • Be enrolled as a resident student in one of the Rockford Public Schools OR
    • Submit proof of bona fide residency prior to signing up for the test  
  • If you are a non-resident: 
    • Any student who resides MORE than 25 miles from the District's outer boundaries AND who is considered relocating his/her residence to the District may apply for admission to this program.
    • Any non-resident student admitted to this program will be required to submit proof of residency BEFORE enrolling.

 

The Cognitive Ability Test

CogAT; Form 7 - The Cognitive Ability Test for the gifted program is conducted community-wide to identify student eligibility.

Eligible students are identified through a comprehensive testing matrix. No single assessment or its results denies student eligibility. The testing matrix includes an abilities assessment covering verbal, quantitative and nonverbal components. Admission to the program is based solely on a blind review of the student's scores on the testing matrix. Student MAP scores and/or other data may also be considered as part of the matrix. 

Eligibility testing is conducted in the year prior to enrollment. Any student wishing to apply for the program must participate in a scheduled testing session and supply, upon request, other information pertinent to the applicant's grade level. Students are only allowed to test once during a school year, which begins with the fall testing cycle and ends with the summer testing cycle.

​Testing Regulations​   CogAT Brochure   CogAT Information
 

Questions about Testing?  

All testing and eligibility questions should be emailed to Gifted Academy