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Identification and Placement of Gifted Students K-5

Grades 3-4-5 Standardized test results at or near the 95th percentile in Reading and/or Math are indicators that students should be
considered for testing for gifted services.

Test scores are valid for 2 years in grades 3-5, so only students who have not been previously tested in in the last 2 years are
eligible to test at this time.

K-2 Optional Testing Math and reading placement decisions are based on district measures of classroom performance and
achievement; and, in line with state law, a test of abstract reasoning ability such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is also
offered. Since classroom performance tends to be a more reliable indicator of instructional need than cognitive ability testing in the
primary grades, CFSD does not require scores of abstract reasoning ability for placement in extended reading or math groups in the
primary grades, K-2.
District Offerings
Extended Reading: Accelerated and above grade level language arts instruction is offered at every grade level and is provided by
classroom teachers. District assessments for reading placements are administered to all students at the beginning of the year by their
grade level teachers and the reading specialist.

Extended Math: Accelerated and above grade level math is offered at every grade level and is provided by classroom teachers.
District assessments for math placement are administered to all students at the beginning of the year by their grade level teachers.

Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Gifted Pullout

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grade who are advanced in reading and math and who have been identified as gifted on an
assessment of abstract reasoning are eligible for an additional service with the gifted specialist. The gifted specialist meets with IDS
students for four (4) hours per week.
At the 3rd grade level, IDS focuses on writing and critical reading in the context of other disciplines such as mathematics,
science, and social studies.
At the 4th grade level, IDS focuses on science, research, and critical reading.
At the 5th grade level, IDS focuses on social studies, research, and critical reading.

Testing for Gifted Services The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is used to measure abstract reasoning. The gifted
specialist will administer the CogAT at Sunrise Drive Elementary School. Please arrive for all testing days by
7:15 A.M. Testing will be in the IDS classroom; please follow the signs pointing the way.

Grades 3-4-5: Three mornings Optional Grade K-1: Two mornings

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Monday, January 29, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018 Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Parents who wish to have their students tested must complete the Permission to Test form. The form is available in the
school office or your schools gifted specialists web page
The permission form needs to be turned in to the school office by Friday, January 12, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact the gifted specialist at your childs school by phone or email.

Tom Green Mary Florek

Gifted Specialist Gifted Specialist
Manzanita School 209-7800 Sunrise Drive School 209-7900
Ventana Vista School 209-8000 Canyon View School 209-7700
A 21st Century Learning Community
Catalina Foothills Unified School District #16

2101 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 209-7500 (520) 209-7570 FAX

Gifted Testing and Services Permission to Test

_____________________________ ____ ______ ____/____/_____ OO

Last name First Name M. I. Age Birthdate M F

____________________________ _____ _________________________

School Grade Teacher

___________________________________________ _______________

Student Mailing Address Zip

______________________________ Fathers Name _____________ Best Phone

______________________________ Mothers Name _____________ Best Phone

Email contact: Father _________________________________________________


Signing this form gives Catalina Foothills School District permission to test the above
named student for potential gifted services.

_____________________________________________ ___________
Parent/Guardian Signature Date