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 Gifted Academy Testing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​French Club Trivia Night.jpgThe Gifted Academy program in the 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.

Questions about Testing?  All testing and eligibility questions should be emailed to Gifted Academy

All testing registration and scheduling for fall 2020 is now closed. Information about testing for fall 2021 eligibility will be posted in late August. 

For those who registered in April and who completed the form for summer, small group testing using enhanced health and safety measures is taking place in July.  The summer test is the end of the school year testing cycle that began last November.  Students may test once per cycle.    

​Note to families: Gifted Testing takes place at Thurgood Marshall Elementary - 4704 N. Rockton Ave. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. Or Thurgood Marshall School depending on the date. Students must arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be able to go through the registration tables and get into their classrooms to begin testing by 9:00 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and NO late arrivals will be accepted. Your child will not need to bring anything with them. All testing supplies are provided. Parents/guardians MUST remain in the building during testing. Once the session begins, students typically take approximately three hours, including snack and breaks, to complete the test. 

​​**Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early for check in.

Current Grade Level of Student
​​e.g. K=students entering 1st grade
 Date of Eligibility Testing Time/Location​
Current Grades 4 through 10**

If currently in high school, some course sequences may not be available to students entering the HS program after 9th grade.**
November 23, 2019

The link to register for this date is closed.  Limited walk ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.  Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

9:00 a.m./ Thurgood Marshall (5th-8th) School

4664 N. Rockton Ave.

Current Grades K-3

February 29, 2020 

Registration for the February 29, 2020 test for students currently in grades K, 1, 2, and 3 is now closed with limited walk in seats available the day of the test on a first come, first served basis.

9:00 a.m./ Thurgood Marshall Elementary 

 4704 N. Rockton Ave. Please arrive at 8:30.

Current ​Grades K-10 
Make-Up Testing

April 25, 2020- cancelled

​9:00 a.m./ Thurgood Marshall (5th-8th) School

 4664 N. Rockton Ave.

​Summer Testing Date; 

Grades K-10    TBD

Final testing for eligibility for 2020-2021 school year​.  

Testing registration for fall 2020 eligibility is now over.  Information about testing for fall 2021 eligibility will be posted in late August. 

District Kindergarten

October - January
All District Elementary Schools

by School

*​No eligibility will take place outside of the posted schedule. 

Students with testing accommodations documented on an IEP or 504 Plan will need to contact Josh Rollins​​, dean of gifted services, 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 consent form

Consent Form- English

Consentimiento para dar el examen del programa de estudiantes talentosos​​​

Consent Form Spanish

Walk-ins to testing day MUST arrive with Consent Forms and Proofs of Residency or testing opportunity may be denied.

Students who are not currently enrolled in the Rockford Public Schools must provide proof of residency. Two forms of proof are required, such as a lease, mortgage closing papers, a utility bill. More forms are acceptable. This proof is verified on the testing date by representatives from the Welcome Center.  

Acceptable Proofs of Residency​​

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:

           1. be enrolled as a resident student in one of the Rockford Public Schools 


​          ​2. submit proof of bona fide residency prior to signing up for the test  

If you are a non-resident

1. Any student who resides MORE than 25 miles from the District's outer boundaries AND who is considered relocating his/her residence tot he District may apply for admission to this program. 

2. Any non-resident student admitted to this program will be required to submit proof of residency BEFORE enrolling.

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 along with a writing sample. 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 November date and ends with the final summer make-up date.

NNAT3 - Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test For the 2018-2019 school year: 

During the 2019-2020 school year, the Gifted Academy conducts districtwide screening at the Kindergarten level. The Naglieri online assessment is administered in every district elementary school.  Students who are offered seats in the gifted program based on this testing, and whose parent or guardian accepts the seat, will begin in the 2020-2021 school year.  ​NWEA MAP achievement testing and other data are also part of the eligibility matrix for kindergarten for in-district students. 
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