CogAT Testing

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

6th Grade Universal Screening

Universal Screening

Based on feedback from families and the Colorado Department of Education, and our commitment to increased equitable identification practices, we have made improvements to our Universal Screening process. In the spring of 2020, DCSD transitioned from the “paper pencil” CogAT to the online version. The online assessment platform provides for easier administration, faster results, and access to the directions in multiple languages other than English (NOTE: Additional language options are in process).

As part of the process, ALL students in 6th grade not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of November 9th, 2020. This assessment 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. 

If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. He/she will be provided with an alternate activity to work on during the testing sessions.

Gifted Identification Referral Testing

Testing for Gifted Identification outside the universal screening grade (6th for PLE) WILL NOT be facilitated in this November testing window. Referral testing will be offered in the Mid Year testing window.

We will provide more detailed information about this opportunity soon!

If your child is in a grade other than 6th and you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, and you have not done so already, please initiate the Gifted Identification Referral Process by completing the referral form linked here: Gifted Education Referral Form 

NOTE: Completing this referral form WILL NOT initiate the CogAT assessment.

If you have any questions, please contact PLE’s GT facilitator, Michelle Robichaud, at