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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

Testing dates for eligibility for the 2020-2021 School year will be posted in July.  All eligibility testing is now complete for the 2019-2020 school year with no further testing offered.

​Note to families: Gifted Testing takes place at Thurgood Marshall Elementary - 4704 N. Rockton Ave. Doors will 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.**
December 1, 2018

The link to register for the December 1 test is now closed.  Very limited walk in spots will be available on a first come, first served basis.  ​

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

4664 N. Rockton Ave.

Current Grades K-3

February 9, 2019 

​​The link to register for the February 9 test for students currently in grades K, 1, 2, and 3 is now closed.  Limited walk in spots will be available 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 T​esting

April 27, 2019 

Online registration has closed for this testing session.  Walkins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

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

 4664 N. Rockton Ave.

​Summer Testing Date; Grades K-10   June 18, 2019.

Final testing for eligibility for 2019-20 school year​.  

​9:00 a.m. , Thurgood Marshall School

4664 N. Rockton Ave.

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. Beginning fall of 2017, student MAP scores may 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 2018-2019 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 2019-2020 school year.  ​
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