Winter Testing for 3rd-5th grades usually is in December.
Spring Testing for K-5th grades usually is in February.
For Gifted Services Placement:
Student placement for Gifted Services is based on a state-approved test score. Deer Valley provides testing for elementary students at each school site three times per year using the Cognitive Abilities Test (COGAT). Once a child places within the program, they do not have to retest to continue in the program the following year through 6th grade.
Reading Placement: Placement into the reading program occurs when a student scores 95 Percentile Rank (PR) or higher within the Verbal area or has a Non-Verbal score of 97 PR or higher and 85 PR score or higher in the Verbal area on COGAT. Other placement can be made using a composite score.
Math Placement: Placement into the math program occurs when a student scores 95 Percentile Rank (PR) or higher within the Quantitative area or has a Non-Verbal score of 97 PR or higher and 85 PR score or higher in the Quantitative area on the COGAT. Other placement can be made using a composite score.
Testing for Gifted Services Placement:
Testing will occur at the beginning of the year, winter, and spring using the Cognitive Abilities Test. Students may test again a calendar year later from previous testing if they don't place into the gifted program or a gifted class the first time. Parent permission forms for testing will be sent to parents to sign and return once the nomination is given to the gifted specialist or the child’s teacher.