• Testing Instruments (Link)

    Three testing instruments are used to identify gifted pupils:  

    • The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT3) may be used for all pupils.  This is a widely used test for identification of ELL pupils, as well as those from other diverse populations.

    • The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is used to identify the Verbally, Quantitatively, and Non-Verbally gifted pupils.  This instrument includes all three areas of identification within one test that can be administered in a reasonable testing period.

    • Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test (UNIT 2) is used to identify students that may be identified as twice exceptional students. .

    Placement (Link)

    Pupils who qualify for the Cartwright Gifted Program are placed in a gifted cluster classroom and receive site-based services.  The Gifted Program services cluster pupils by grade level after being identified on the CogAT or NNAT3. Gifted program services offer grade level mastery, compacted curriculum, differentiation, enrichment, and extensions, project-based research, mentoring and the use of technology for gifted pupils. 

    Highly performing or highly achieving pupils in grades k-6 and pupils who qualify at 96% or above are invited to apply for the Tarver Gifted Academy located at Bret R. Tarver Leadership Academy.  

    Highly performing or highly achieving pupils in grades 7-8 and pupils who qualify at 88% or above are invited to apply for the Marc T. Atkinson Gifted Academy.Teachers are also encouraged to utilize differentiation, enrichment, and curriculum extension strategies to meet mastery of grade level standards.