While there are many definitions of giftedness, the federal Elementary and Secondary schools Act describes gifted students as those "who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities." In Arizona, we identify students who are gifted as those who score at or above the 97th percentile in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and/or Nonverbal Reasoning on a test adopted by the State Board of Education.
Testing DVUSD Students
DVUSD offers testing for gifted identification three times per year at all K-6 and K-8 schools. We do honor parent requests for gifted testing. Should you decide to have your child tested, contact Mrs. Schultz. For more information about the Cognitive Abilities Test )CogAt) and the testing process, visit DVUSD's Gifted Service's page.
Testing Students Not Enrolled in a DVUSD School
DVUSD provides testing for a fee for students enrolled in a charter or private school or in neighboring district schools. Please call the district office at 623.445.5000 to inquire about testing dates and times.
DVUSD accepts any gifted identification assessment that is approved by the Arizona Board of Education and administered by a trained and qualified administrator. Submit your report to Mrs. Schultz for verification
Students New to DVUSD
When you enroll your student in a DVUSD school, it is important that you notify the office staff of your child's gifted status. Services can continue without delay if you provide documentation of gifted test scores. With a verified gifted identification, your child will be placed in a Gifted Cohort/Cluster upon enrollment.
If you are new to the state and your child was tested using an identification tool that is not acknowledged in Arizona, you will need to refer your child to take the CogAt. Please bring any documentation you have and communicated with the office staff and Mrs. Schultz regarding your child's status and history with gifted identification.
What If Your Child Does Not Qualify for Gifted Services?
Test administration guidelines require that 12 months pass before the test is administered again. If a student's scores are in the high 80s to mid 90s, parents and teachers may consider retesting.