• Identification of Gifted Students / Criteria 

    Identification of Gifted Students in the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District utilizes multiple pathways including: Ability, Achievement, Creativity, Teacher-Parent Input and other Considerations. A student shall not be required to meet all measures in order to qualify for Enrichment. The identification process must include all students including ESL & special Education Students.

    • Ability: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 

    CogAT measures abilities across the symbol systems that are most highly correlated with fluid reasoning, problem solving, and success in school. With its separate measures of Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal reasoning, this research-based and proven test provides multiple perspectives on student ability. Administered to all students in Grade 2 and Grade 4

    • Achievement: iReady, LinkIt, & NJSLA. 

    i‑Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. It offers a complete picture of student performance and growth, eliminating the need for multiple, redundant tests. By adapting to student responses and assessing a broad range of skills—including skills above and below a student’s chronological grade—the i‑Ready Diagnostic pinpoints student ability level, identifies the specific skills students need to learn to accelerate their growth, and charts a personalized learning path for each student.

    LinkIt! Benchmark Assessments in Reading and Math are used to measure students' mastery towards their grade level standards. 

    The New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) are statewide assessments that assess students’ progress toward the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in ELA, mathematics and science. English language arts (ELA) assessments will focus on writing effectively when analyzing text. Mathematics assessments will focus on applying skills and concepts and understanding multi-step problems that require abstract reasoning and modeling real-world problems, precision, perseverance, and strategic use of tools. Science assessments will focus on students’ understanding and explanation of scientific phenomena and scenarios. 

    • Creativity/Teacher- Parent Input *** (beginning January 2021)

    Teacher Nomination Forms (ESL, Specials, & Homeroom teachers)

    Parent Nomination Forms

    Teacher Observation Checklists- grades K & 1

    • Other Considerations

    ESGI Screeners for Kindergarten

    Fundations Assessments K & 1

    Marking Period Grades

    Writing Samples 



Last Modified on June 30, 2021