Definitions of Gifted:
Gifted education is mandated in Arizona for students in K– 12th grade. According to State statute, a “gifted pupil” is a child who is of lawful school age and who demonstrates superior intellect or advanced learning ability or both (ARS 15-779.02).
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) defines giftedness as the following: “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains.
The Washington Elementary School District uses cogntitive ability score and the Arizona definition of giftedness to serve and identify gifted students who are in the 97th percentile or higher on one more parts of a state-approved cognitive ability test. Most students in our district take the CogAT, NNAT, or DAS cognitive ability tests.
Resource Tip Sheets for Parents/ Families from the National Association for Gifted Children: