DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).


Grade Universal Screen

ALL 2nd and 5th-grade students not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) as part of this process. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  


If your child has already been identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process. 


Gifted Identification Referral Testing

  • Suppose your child is in grades K, 1, 3, or 4, and you believe they need evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, in that case, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.  

  • NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the evaluation process for Gifted Identification. 

  • Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE.

  • Upon receipt of this form, the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss the next steps in the gifted identification process.