Gifted and Talented

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    Welcome to the Gifted and Talented team for Denver Public Schools! We are looking forward to supporting your educators and students in reaching our vision: to lead the nation in providing equitable, high impact gifted programming.


    School Leader Resources


    Resources for Educators

    DPS GT Internal Certification Classes

    • DPS is offering 3 PD courses to become internally certified, which allows educators to teach GT or HGT classes.  Course 1: Instructional Strategies for Gifted and Talented Learners is offered in the fall; Course 2: Programming and Assessment for Gifted and Talented Learners offered in the spring; and Course 3: Curriculum and Practicum offered as a yearlong course with prerequisites of Course 1 and/or Course 2. 
    • Please complete the google form to be placed on the email list about the courses.  Once we have dates they will be communicated.


    Assessment Information

    About Universal Screening
    In the fall, the DPS Gifted and Talented Department will be conducting universal assessment screenings for all students in kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade. For the 2021-22 Universal Screening year, you may see students in 1st, 3rd, and 7th grade also rostered. With the obstacles that came with the 2020 testing year, we had many students who were unable to test because of issues with access to technology, internet connectivity, or attendance. We want to ensure that students are not denied opportunities due to complications of an unforeseen pandemic, so we WILL have students who will need to be tested with the NNAT in “off” grade levels. You will be informed if this situation pertains to students at your school. 

    Students will be tested using the online Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT-3), which takes, on average, less than 30 minutes to complete for most students. 

    • 6th  grade universals/7th grade makeups: September 7th-October 1st*
    • 2nd  grade universals/3rd  grade makeups: September 28th-October 26th
    • Kindergarten universals/1st  grade makeups: October 19th-November 19th  (note: testing assistance will not be available November 11th  and 12th).

    *Note: subject to change based upon district guidance regarding COVID restrictions.

    The Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT3) is a 30-minute online assessment used for the universal assessment. Your site assessment leader will receive training in administration of the NNAT3. Classroom teachers who know and have a relationship with their students should administer. Your gifted and talented teachers will be responsible for completing all Magnet testing. During the testing window, they may need to adjust their schedules to complete testing.

    Exceptional Children's Education Act rules require administrative units to identify gifted learners. The use of a universal assessment is one way DPS ensures all students are considered for gifted services.

    Application Based Testing

    Students not participating in the Universal Screening may be nominated for testing with the Cognitive Abilities Test. To nominate a student go to (look for the red button at the top).

    • CogAT nomination deadline: Friday, October 15th
    • CogAT nomination testing for schools: October 25th- December 3rd
    • Weekend testing for Out of District/Homeschool/Private School students: December 4th



  • Gifted and Talented Team
    1860 Lincoln Street, 8th Floor NE


    Robert Frantum-Allen
    Interm Director

    Ellen Honeck, Ph.D.