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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE Testing and Placement 2120 E. Naco Vista, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-225-1310 Email Testing
GATE Program Office 3233 South Pinal Vista, Tucson, AZ 85713 520-225-3605 Email Program Office

Testing (Screening and Evaluation) Information

Tucson Unified School District administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (Cog AT), the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) and the Raven Progressive Matrices to determine GATE service eligibility. Tests are administered at all TUSD elementary and middle schools with at least two additional Saturday make-up tests at a central location.

Please see below for the anticipated testing schedule or email GATE Testing for more information.

Testing Window 1 – Incomplete Testing from School Year 2020-2021

DATES: September 7 – September 27, 2021

Due to COVID-19 – Some students were not able to complete the full battery of GATE Testing. Students who have been determined to be missing any information in terms of their testing results because of testing limitations during the 2020-2021 School year will receive the appropriate tests necessary to complete their records. If a student is currently receiving GATE Services (Self-Contained Program, Cluster Program, OR Pull-Out Program), this testing will not negatively affect a student’s services. This testing will be used to ensure your student’s testing records are complete. If your child will be participating in this Testing Window you will get communication directly from our GATE Testing and Placement Office.

Testing Window 2 – 5th Grade Student Testing & Middle School Invitation to Test Requests

DATES: September 28- October 21, 2021

During this testing window, we will be testing all 5th Grade students currently registered in a TUSD School as well as any 6th Grade students whose Parent/Family have requested the student be tested.

5th Grade Opt-Out: If a Parent/Family would like to request their student NOT BE TESTED, please complete our Testing Opt-Out Form.

6th Grade Opt-In Testing: Should a parent/family of a 6th grade student want their student tested for our GATE Services, please complete our Invitation to Test Form.

Tucson Unified Virtual Academy (TUVA)—Since all testing is done in person and respecting Parent/Family choice to be virtual, all students actively enrolled in TUVA, regardless of grade level, parent(s)/family(ies) must complete our Invitation to Test Form to be added to the GATE Testing Roster(s).

Testing Window 3 – 1st Grade Student Testing & Elementary School Invitation to Test Requests

DATES: October 22, 2021 – TBD

During this testing window, we will be testing all 1st Grade students currently registered in a TUSD School as well as any students whose Parent/Family have requested the student be tested and are in Kinder, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.

1st Grade Opt-Out: If a Parent/Family would like to request their student in GRADE 1 NOT BE TESTED, please complete our Testing Opt-Out Form.

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Opt-In Testing: Should a parent/family of a 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade student want their student tested for our GATE Services, please complete our Invitation to Test Form.

Kindergarten Testing

Pre-GATE Kinder Testing: Should a parent/family of a Kinder student want their student tested for our GATE Services, please complete our Invitation to Test Form. Once we have processed your request, you will receive communication from us on how to schedule a testing session for your student.

Pre-GATE Kindergarten

Pre-GATE Kindergarten self-contained services

Students attend full time, five days per week and instruction is provided by a gifted-endorsed teacher.

Our Pre-GATE Kindergarten Schools:

GATE TESTING AND PLACEMENT: Students are placed in the Pre-GATE Kinder program based on test results. Tully Magnet and some of our cluster sites also have kindergarten-endorsed teachers able to support gifted students in their classrooms. Please email Gate Testing & Placement for more information and questions about testing.

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