Gifted ID

  • Gifted Identification Testing

    As part of our mission to ensure that all students maximize their academic potential, Norfolk Public Schools is committed to identifying all students who demonstrate exceptional abilities. Students are tested in first grade using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Other elementary students may be referred for CogAT testing using the forms available below. For more information on the CogAT ability test, please visit

     At the secondary level, students in grades 6-8 are administered the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in four areas:  communication skills, mathematics, social studies, and science.   Students in grades 9-12  are administered the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) battery of tests. For more information concerning the ITED battery of tests, please visit   Students at any grade level may be referred for testing by any adult – parent, guardian, teacher, guidance counselor – who believes the child exhibits exceptional abilities.

    The Office of Academic Rigor offers three forms used to nominate students for gifted identification testing (please click on the names to download a copy):

    1. Teacher Rating Form
    2. Parent Rating Form
    3. Parent Permission to Test

    Parents/guardians should contact the school and ask to speak to the gifted resource teacher to receive the referral forms for testing.