Gifted Education

Tolleson Elementary School District provides gifted education services to students with demonstrated advanced learning ability who will benefit from learning experiences beyond what is taught in the traditional classroom.

What Does Gifted Mean?

For consideration in the gifted program, a student must receive a referral from a teacher, a parent, or self for evaluation. The evaluation process consists of a review of state-mandated assessments, a teacher rating scale, and the CogAT. 

Tolleson ESD identifies a gifted student as one who has demonstrated advanced cognitive abilities by scoring 95% or higher on the state-approved CogAt in the area(s) of verbal, nonverbal, or/and quantitative skills. The CogAT measures the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student compared to their peers. 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.

What Are Gifted Programs Services?
What Are Gifted Instructional Strategies?
Gifted Student Program Awards