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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE | Senior Coordinator: Frances Banales, | 2120 E. Naco Vista (Cavett Elementary), Tucson, AZ 85713 | (520) 225-1310

Testing for GATE Services

Date Extended for Permission to Test

The TUSD GATE testing window for permission to test forms was due September 22nd. The GATE department has extended the GATE Testing window for Permission to Test Forms until October 6th

Tucson Unified will be testing TUSD students 1st through 6th grade during October 16, 2017 and November 22, 2017 and kindergarten students during January 9 through January 26, 2018 to determine student eligibility to receive gifted services in the TUSD GATE program for school year 2018-19. 

Testing invitations will be sent in early September to all TUSD student families’ home address in grades K-6 and parents must return the invitation or notify the GATE office if they choose to have their student tested or not, by October 6, 2017. Invitations will have a self-addressed envelope or the invitations may be returned to the Cavett GATE office at 2120 E. Naco Vista. 

Two additional make up tests for students living within the TUSD boundaries and choosing to enroll in the TUSD GATE program, will be administered on January 26, 2018 at Hollinger K-8 School and on February 3, 2018 at Cavett Elementary School.

Testing will be administered during the testing window at every elementary and middle school. Notices will be posted at each site providing the date of testing and communique will be sent home to families at the site level.

This is a great opportunity for children to receive an enriched and extended program. Please look for the GATE invitation and return at your earliest opportunity.

Testing Schedule (in PDF)

Gifted & Talented Education Evaluation Permission Form (in PDF): English | Spanish

Please send all permission to test forms to: 

Cavett Elementary

c/o GATE Department

2120 E. Naco Vista

Tucson, AZ 85713

Testing (Screening and Evaluation) Information

Gifted & Talented Education Evaluation Permission Form (in PDF): English | Spanish

Tucson Unified administers the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Raven Progressive Matrices to determine GATE service eligibility. Tests are administered at all district elementary and middle schools with two additional Saturday make-up tests at a central location.

In August, invitations to test are mailed to all Tucson Unified families with kindergarten through sixth grade students. Permission to test forms are available on this webpage and at all district elementary and middle school sites. 

In the fall of each school year, the GATE department tests first through sixth grade students attending Tucson Unified schools or living within the district boundaries. Kindergarten students are tested after winter break. These tests establish eligibility for Gifted and Talented Education services for the coming school year. 

Testing windows will be posted on this website in early August, and specific dates of testing at each location will be posted in mid-September on this webpage and all school sites.

Pre GATE Kindergarten
  • Pre GATE Kindergarten self-contained services
    Students attend full time, five days a week, at a school that accommodates the feeder pattern of the home school. Pre GATE Kindergarten self-contained programs are located at Roberts/Naylor K-8 and Wheeler Elementary School. The Dual-Language self-contained program is located at Hollinger K-8 School.

    GATE TESTING AND PLACEMENT: Testing is offered in the language that best meets the student’s needs, and students are placed in the appropriate GATE program (self-contained or pull-out) based on test results.  As a parent/legal guardian of student enrolling in kindergarten at a TUSD school or currently enrolled in kindergarten may request that your child be tested and considered for Pre GATE Kindergarten services by signing and returning this form to the GATE office. The permission form must be received in order to have your student scheduled for testing for potential Pre GATE services. 

    Pre GATE Kindergarten Flier (in PDF) English | Spanish

    Pre GATE Kindergarten Permission to Test Form English & Spanish (in PDF)

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