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Both my kids and many children I’ve worked with over the years have taken the CogAt, and I’m guessing that many of you have a similar experience. Despite all of that adjacent exposure, I’ve never done a deep dive into the test and its applications. Fortunately, I’ve got Dr. Joni Lakin and Anna Houseman here to talk with me all about the CogAt and its use cases. Here are a few things that we dive into:
- Basics of the CogAt: what it is, how it was developed, relationship to IQ and achievement tests
- Typical uses of the CogAt
- Using the CogAt for strengths-based instruction and reducing inequity in education
- Spatial reasoning as an undervalued skill
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About Dr. Joni Lakin
Dr. Joni Lakin is a Professor at the University of Alabama and is co-author of the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) Form 8. She studies educational measurement issues related to test validity and fairness with a particular interest in the accessibility of tests for English-learner students. She also studies Science, Technology, Engineering, and Science (STEM) education and interventions that promote STEM retention along the academic journey.
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About Anna Houseman
Anna Houseman is the Product Marketing Director at Riverside Insights. Before Riverside, Anna taught elementary and middle school and served as a district assessment director.
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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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