Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) Frequently Asked Questions
You may have just received your third grader’s score for the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test or NNAT. If you have questions about the score, you may email the SEARCH (gifted) teacher at your child’s school. However, before you contact the SEARCH teacher, please read the following list of frequently asked questions. Detailed information will also be shared at Gifted Information Sessions across the district in January, 2020.
Why did my child take the NNAT? Third grade students in LCPS take the NNAT as part of the gifted education eligibility process. The scores are used, in combination with other measures, to determine the need for gifted education services beginning in 4 th grade.
How do I interpret my child’s score? Your child’s NNAT score is reported in a percentile rank. Percentile ranks range from 1 to 99 and describe a student's test performance relative to other students of the same age in the national normative reference group. A student performing in the 95th percentile, for example, scored higher than 95% of the students at his/her age. Ranks between the 25th and 75th percentile fall within the average range of normative expectations.
What NNAT score qualifies my child for the LCPS district screening pool? If your child scored a 97th percentile or above on the NNAT, your child will be placed in the district screening pool in January of third grade. This does not mean that your child qualifies for gifted services. This means your child will receive a district referral to be evaluated for gifted services in third grade. If your child is placed in the district screening pool, you will receive a letter in the mail after January 24, 2020 with information about the district referral. You will need to sign the enclosed district referral and submit it to your child’s SEARCH teacher between January 27 and February 7, 2020. Please keep in mind that Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) scores can also be used to determine if a child will be placed in the district screening pool and receive a district referral. The CogAT was administered to LCPS students in the winter of second grade. If your child scored a 97th percentile or above on two of the three subsections of the CogAT (verbal, quantitative, or nonverbal), your child will be placed in the district screening pool and will receive a district referral. A child must have a qualifying score on either the NNAT or the CogAT to be placed in the district screening pool. A child does not need qualifying scores on both assessments. **See below for information about parent referrals.
How do I find out more about the gifted education eligibility process? You are highly encouraged to attend a Gifted Information Session in January, 2020. Session dates will be posted on the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage and on your child’s school SEARCH webpage. You may also contact the SEARCH (gifted) teacher at your child’s school. Gifted Information Sessions are facilitated by LCPS gifted resource teachers and provide information about the gifted eligibility process that takes place this spring. The gifted eligibility process begins with the submission of a referral form. Referral forms may be submitted to the SEARCH teacher at your child’s school from January 27 – February 7, 2020.
** If your child is not in the district screening pool, you may still refer your child to be evaluated for gifted services. You will need to complete a parent referral form and submit it to your school’s SEARCH teacher during the referral window of January 27 – February 7, 2020. Attend a Gifted Information Session in January, 2020 to learn more. The parent referral form can be found on the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage under the Notifications tab.