• School-Based Testing

    Testing is available three times throughout the school year, for all existing kindergarten through 6th grade students who attend a DVUSD school. If your child is currently enrolled in (and attending) a DVSUD school, your child’s school can inform you of the exact test 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.

    We honor parents requests for gifted testing but recommend that parents first read Characteristics of Gifted Students. Should you decide to have your child tested, contact the Gifted Specialist at your school. For more information about the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the testing process, visit DVUSD's Gifted Services 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 neighboring district schools. We will schedule out of district students for testing at the DVUSD District Office. Please call 623-445-5000 or  DVUSD's Gifted Services.

    District Office Testing

    In addition to the school-based testing, testing is available at our district office in the spring and summer. Testing at the district office is primarily meant for students not currently enrolled in one of our district schools and will require a testing fee of $100.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 of $50. To register for a test at the district office, please use the online sign-up below.
    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 have your child tested by a private, licensed psychologist.  
    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)
    Outside Testing

    DVUSD accepts any gifted identification assessment that is approved by the state board of education and administered by a trained and qualified administrator. Submit your report to Mrs. Rose, Gifted Specialist, and it will be submitted to the district for verification.


    Students New to DVUSD

    When you enroll your student in a DVUSD school, it is important that you notify the office staff and of your child’s gifted status. Services can continue without delay if you provide documentation of gifted test scores. With a verified gifted identification report, your child will be placed in a gifted cluster classroom 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 Cognitive Abilities Test. Please bring any documentation that you have, and communicate with the school's registrar and Gifted Specialist 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 same test is administered again. It is generally recommended to wait two years before retesting. If the student scores are in the high 80’s to mid 90’s, parents and teachers may consider retesting in the future. Retesting a child more than twice usually does not provide drastically different results. Keep in mind that high grades and/or high scores on standardized achievement tests are not necessarily indicators that a student is gifted. You may find the following article informative.

    Gifted vs. Bright Video