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PEAK Identification Process

PEAK Identification Process

The PEAK identification process takes place each spring.  This is the only time TCSD students are eligible for referral/data analysis/testing for the PEAK Program.  The exception to this is the fall identification process that is solely for students new to the district.  As the time draws near to the beginning of the identification process, we will hold a Parent Meeting and will post some specific dates relating to the process.


School-based Universal Screener Referral - Teachers participate in professional development to better understand the characteristics of gifted learners.  The KOI (Kingore Observation Inventory) is used to identify students who show these characteristics as well as demonstrate a need for academic challenge beyond the classroom.

Parent/Guardian Referral - Parents may choose to refer their child for screening by completing the TCSD Parent/Guardian Referral Form.  You may complete the Google Form online or print the PDF and complete the form by hand.

Parent/Guardian Referral Form - English PDF or Google Form

Parent/Guardian Referral Form - Spanish PDF or Google Form

CogAT Screener Referral - All 2nd grade students participate in an abbreviated cognitive abilities test.

Gifted education staff are available if parents have questions about whether or not to refer and can provide resources to help parents understand a gifted vs. high ability child.

Data Analysis

All students referred by the school-based universal screener, parent/guardian, or through the CogAT screener will go through the data analysis process.  

The purpose of the data analysis process is to review data and evidence of advanced abilities and achievement, and to determine eligibility for testing into our gifted education program.

Data analysis tools include, but are not be limited to:

  • KOI Inventory results
  • Parent Referrals
  • 2nd grade CogAT screener results


The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is used to determine qualification for pull out services through the PEAK program.  

The following is required for qualification:

  • A score of 130 or higher in 2 or more areas of the CogAT (verbal, quantitative, nonverbal, composite)

Spring 2024 Identification Process Dates

Colter, Moran, & Munger Mountain Elementary Schools

2nd grade

3rd/4th grade

  • Parent Referrals Due: March 4th
  • Testing Window:
    • Screener: February 19-March 1
    • Full battery: March 11-22

  • Parent Referrals Due: April 24th
  • Testing Window:​​​​​​
    • May 6-17


Alta, Jackson, Kelly, & Wilson Elementary Schools

2nd grade

3rd/4th grade

  • Parent Referrals Due: April 24th
  • Testing Window:
    • Screener: April 15-26
    • Full battery: April 29-May 10
  • Parent Referrals Due: February 23rd
  • Testing Window:
    • 3rd: March 18-22/April 8-12​​​​​​
    • 4th: March 4-15