Because no two gifted children are alike, it is important to collect information on both the child's performance and potential through a combination of identification instruments in order to identify gifted and talented students. PLSAS follows a systematic, multi-phased process for identifying gifted students to find students who might benefit from services beyond the general education program. In the screening and identification phases, various identification tools are used to eliminate bias.
The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT) measures general reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. The CogAT screener is administered to all second grade students currently enrolled in PLSAS during the month of January. The test is used to help determine placement for gifted education programs, including our own SAGE Academy for grades 3-5.
Students qualify for SAGE Academy based on their scores on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) or an individual measure of intelligence and the FastBridge Learning assessments, which are nationally normed curriculum-based measures. Teacher and parent input are also considered.
Out-of-district students are identified using their current standardized academic testing data and a measure of school ability, such as the CogAT or an individual intelligence test (IQ test) with a licensed psychologist. If you would like your out-of-district child to be considered for SAGE Academy, please click the button below to complete the form.
*Please note that the following application is for students not currently enrolled in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools.
SAGE Academy Application
2024-2025 School Year