• Gifted?



    Gifted Identification Testing Overview


    School-Based Testing

    Testing is available three times throughout the school year, for all existing kindergarten through 8th grade students who attend a DVUSD school. If your child is currently enrolled in (and attending) a DVUSD school, your child’s school can inform you of the exact testing date(s). Testing will take place during the school day. Each school will determine the specific testing schedule they will use within the above-mentioned guidelines.There is no fee for school based testing on in-district students. If you would like your child tested, you need to notify the school's Gifted Specialist and your child's teacher. Please do not assume they will be automatically tested.

    This testing takes place in three windows/sessions each school year. Each school decides its testing days within each window, and testing takes place at the school. If you are interested in having your child participate, you should notify your child's teacher and the school Gifted Specialist, as soon as you can to ensure they are on the list to be tested when the testing matetials are ordered. Only currently enrolled students my participate, and there is no fee.

     Fall Testing Window - End of August/beginning of September

    Winter Testing Window - January & first week of February

    Spring Testing Window - End of April/beginning of May


    District Level Testing - Spring & Summer 2020

    In addition to the school-based testing, testing is available at Barry Goldwater High School in the spring and summer. Testing at the district level is primarily meant for students not currently enrolled in one of our district schools and will require a testing fee. Students who are currently enrolled in a DVUSD school who do not test at their school, during the school year, can test at the district office for a fee as well.
    Permission Form (D.O. CogAT Testing)- Please fill this out and bring in for the district office testing. This will save you time at the check in.

    This testing is for:

    • Students not enrolled in a Deer Valley School
    • Students who are Deer Valley students but at the high school level
    • Students who missed their school's testing session
    • Students who need academic testing for the Renaissance program


    Fees & Sign Ups


    Students Not Enrolled in a DVUSD School


    K-12 Students Not Enrolled in a Deer Valley USD School

    • Dates - March 7th, March 28th, June 6th, & July 11th
    • Fee -  $155
    • Link




    Students Currently Enrolled in a DVUSD School


    High School Students Currently Enrolled in a Deer Valley USD High School  

    • Dates - March 7th, March 28th, June 6th, & July 11th
    • Fee - $50
    • Link



    K-8 Students Currently Enrolled in a Deer Valley USD School

    • Dates - March 7th, March 28th, June 6th, & July 11th
    • Fee - $100
    • Link



    Private Testing

    Parents/Guardians are able to seek outside/private testing for gifted identification. If you feel that your child would benefit from outside, one-on-one testing, you may choose to pay to have your child tested by a private, licensed psychologist.  

    Early Childhood Testing

    Gifted Identification Testing -
    Children must be at least 5 years old, and currently be in or have completed Kindergarten, in order to participate in our school and district identification testing. DVUSD is not currently providing gifted identification testing for children for preschool, prekindergarten, or entry into Kindergarten. If you would like your child tested before the spring of their kindergarten year, you may look into having them tested privately by a licensed psychologist using a test approved by the state of Arizona. Parents are responsible for all costs associated with private testing. Information on Private Identification Testing (PDF)
    Kindergarten Screening -   NEW!
    Starting in the spring of 2020, DVUSD Gifted Services will be offering a screening for temperary placement into Gifted Services in our Gifted Cluster and Bright Child Kindergarten progrms. This will be to identify students with potential and place them provisionally for one year. (They will have to test with our identification test at the end of Kindergarten to continue in gifted services after their Kindergarten year.) More information posting this fall.                                                   
    Kindergarten Screening Page                                              
    Early Entry Testing for Kindergarten & First Grade -
    Deer Valley does offer Early Entrance testing for Kindergarten and First Grade. This is not gifted identification testing, but testing that can allow a child to move into a higher grade than their peers. More information on this can be found on the link below.


    Academic Testing

    This testing is for students applying for the Renaissance program who do not have academic data required for the application. (Tests that show current math and reading abilities/levels.) Students will take an SRI reading test to determine their reading/Lexile level and two short district math assessments. Students cannot do both the Academic and gifted testing on this date due to the length of the testing sessions. It is recommended that students test for gifted identification first, they then can come academic testing if needed. Academic testing takes place at Barry Goldwater High School and the fees and dates are below.
    • Date - March 28
    • Fee - $60
    • Link


    • This is only if your current school cannot or will not provide academic data on your child's reading and math abilities. (All Deer Valley USD schools will.)
    • In most cases, this assessment is not necessary. If you are signing up for this option, please email giftedservices@dvusd.org to make sure we cannot help you find any other data for the application.
    • Please make sure your child has qualifying gifted scores bofore signing up for academic testing