Yuma Elementary School District One
ONE Community Pursuing Excellence

Gifted Services Identification

How do we identify gifted students?

Yuma Elementary School District One has a multi-faceted approach to identifying gifted students. Identification is a two-step process: screening and then identification and placement. We will make assessment accommodations for students with any documented needs such as disability or second language.

Screening

Students are referred for screening in any of the following ways:

  • Parents, guardians, teachers, or the students themselves can nominate students to the Gifted/Talented Program.
  • We accept referrals for students in district schools, private-school students, and home-schooled students residing within the district boundaries.
  • Students who score at or above the 95th percentile or exceed the State Standard on any section of a standardized achievement test (AzMerit, AIMS, Terra Nova, district benchmark, and DIBELS) may qualify for further testing for the Gifted/Talented Program.
  • Other measures include achievement in school work and the judgments of teachers, psychologists, administrators, and supervisors familiar with the abilities the students demonstrate.

Each school makes testing available for students in grades K-8 on the following basis:

  • The district provides screening testing once a year for all third grade students and any sixth grade students not previously evaluated.
  • Parents or staff members may request testing for giftedness at any time during the school year. Please direct requests to the school administrator or gifted coordinator. Schools report scores for gifted tests to the district office at least three times per year—October 1, February 1, and May 1.

Identification

Students within the District

Site coordinators assess nominated students with one or more tests from the Arizona State Board of Education Approved Test List. Currently, the district uses the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) for nonverbal testing and the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for verbal and quantitative testing. The district also uses Explore for eighth grade students. We identify students as gifted who score at or above the 97th percentile on any section of one of these tests or who have a full composite score above the 97th percentile.

Students Transferring into the District

The district accepts as valid for placement in the Gifted Program scores at or above the 97th percentile on any state-approved test submitted by another school district or by qualified professionals (psychologists in private practice, private schools, etc.) at the parent’s expense. We will identify transfer students as gifted as soon as we receive verification of eligibility from their previous school.

See the list of state-approved tests.