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Cognitive Abilities and Learning Benchmarks

Pinpoint Strengths and Learning Needs. Plan for Talent Development.

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Should I have my child tested?

At CTD we understand that some students grades 3 through 9 do not have access to grade-level assessments of their academic abilities or that parents may need additional information to better understand their child's readiness for an advanced course in subjects such as math or language arts. If above-grade-level testing through NUMATS is not feasible or you are looking for a measure to better understand your child's performance in the grade-level context, testing through CTD may be a solution.

CTD offers two assessment options: the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). MAP measures academic knowledge and skills at age-appropriate levels and is norm referenced to provide comparative analyses. MAP also has tests for math placement. The CogAT measures reasoning skills through verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions.

CTD Pathways Approach

Understanding Strengths and Learning Needs

Center for Talent Development (CTD) exists to help young people with exceptional academic potential and demonstrated talent reach their full potential. CTD’s unique Pathways approach to talent development gives students opportunities to identify their academic strengths and interests, explore potential career trajectories over time, develop critical knowledge and skills, and monitor their progress.description of pathways and the value of assessment. Learn more about what this means. 

Need Advice or Assistance with Planning for Your Child's Needs? 

If you would like to work with a CTD staff member to discuss your child’s strengths, interests, or talent development pathway, consider setting up a consultation.

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