Gifted Testing Information

Gifted testing takes place in accordance with the Arizona State Mandate. Paradise Valley Unified School District primarily uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) to identify gifted students.

Testing is offered three times each year as follows:

  • Fall - grades 4 - 6 students who may qualify for Honors classes

  • Winter - English Language Learners or former ELLs

  • Spring - Any K - 6 student residing in the PV Schools boundary

Make-up testing is available in June for students who were unable to complete testing during their school's regularly scheduled testing dates due to illness.  Students must have had a signed permission slip and been on the original list for gifted testing. For further information on gifted testing at Wildfire, contact our Honors Specialist, Mrs. Glenda Martin, gortizmartin@pvlearners.net.

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Request for Gifted Testing

If you would like to have your student tested to receive gifted education services at Wildfire Elementary School, please refer to and complete the following steps:

Step 1: Review the Gifted Testing Parent Information Packet

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Step 2: Complete a Gifted Testing Request Form - Be sure to use Wildfire's testing code: 75350

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Private Testing Protocol and Information

Please review the PV Schools private testing protocol and information on the district private testing page. If you have questions, please contact the district's Gifted Education office at (602) 449-2113

Placement

Students qualify for gifted services by scoring in the 97th percentile or above on any one, or combination, of the verbal, quantitative, or nonverbal sections of a state-approved test beginning in kindergarten.

The PVSchools Gifted Education Department will mail written notification of test results to parents and guardians within three weeks of test administration. Parent notification is provided in English and in Spanish on the NNAT. Test results are available in Spanish for the CogAT upon request. Translation services are available for families who speak other languages.

Parent notification of testing results includes:

  • Record of the gifted testing results

  • Program Placement Permission Statement