Differences in Using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 7 Nonverbal Battery Versus the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) 2 to Identify the Gifted/Talented

Carol A. Carman, Christine A.P. Walther, Robert A. Bartsch

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Abstract

The two most commonly used nonverbal tests for gifted identification, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) nonverbal battery, have not been compared in their newer versions to explore the effects of their use on the identification of underserved populations. Additionally, the effects of the use of various norming groups and cutoff scores on both instruments’ identification abilities has not been compared. This study compared 15,733 CogAT7 nonverbal battery scores and 14,421 NNAT2 scores of kindergartners between 2013 and 2015 from one large urban school district to explore the differences between how each test relates to major demographic variables and examine the effects on who is selected for participation in gifted programming based on which instrument, which norming group, and which cutoff scores are used. Both instruments were less likely to identify students from demographic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented than students from traditionally overrepresented demographic groups, but identification varied based on the type of norming plan used and which instrument was taken. Suggestions are made as to the best instrument for use with various demographic groups and norming plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-191
Number of pages21
JournalGifted Child Quarterly
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive Abilities Test
  • Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test
  • group-specific norming
  • identification
  • local norming
  • nonverbal
  • opportunity to learn
  • school-level norming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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