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Identification Process 

  • All students may be referred for testing and consideration in the Gifted and Talented Program by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested people (s).

  • All WISD students in kindergarten and grade two are automatically considered for Gifted and Talented services. A referral is not required; however, parent input is requested. 

  • The referral includes 10 survey questions about the student. 

  • Written parental consent will be obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as a part of the screening and identification process.

  • All student information collected during the screening and identification process will be an educational record, subject to the protections set out in policies.

  • The referral period for 2022-2023 school year begins on March 7, 2022 and ends on April 8, 2022. 

  • A parent awareness session will be held on March 8, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Education Support Center. This optional session will provide an overview of the assessment procedures and services. 

  • GT Parent Survey for Kindergarten Students (English) (Open January 10-21, 2022) 

  • Spanish: Encuesta para padres de GT para estudiantes de Kinder (abierta del 10 al 21 de enero de 2022) 

  • GT Parent Survey for Second Grade Students (English) (Open February 14-25, 2022)

  • Spanish: Encuesta para padres de GT para estudiantes de segundo grado (abierta del 14 al 25 de febrero de 2022)

  • GT Parent & Teacher Referral/Survey for First Grade and Grades 3-12 (English) (Open March 7-April 8, 2022)

  • Spanish: Remisión/encuesta de padres de GT para estudiantes de primer grado y grados 3-12 (abierto del 7 de marzo al 8 de abril de 2022)

Kindergarten and Second Grade Screening

  • All kindergarten and second grade students are given a verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning test. 

  • All kindergarten and second grade students are given an academic achievement test. 

  • A performance task will be given to all students.

  • Teachers and parents will complete a survey on all students.

  • Second grade students previously identified as GT will not participate in the screening. 

Grades 1, 3-12 screening 

  • All referred students will have the opportunity to participate in the screening process.

Selection Committee

  • A selection committee will evaluate each referred student according to the established criteria and will identify those students for whom placement in the gifted and talented program is the most appropriate educational setting. 

  • The committee will be composed of at least three professional educators who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students.

Assessment Schedule

  • All Kindergarten students will be screened, and if qualified, will begin services on or before March 1.

  • All Second grade students not previously identified will be screened, and if qualified, will begin services the following school year.

  • Assessment for referred students grades 1 and 3-12 will be conducted in May, and if qualified, will begin services the following school year.  

 Notification 

  • The District will provide written notification to parents of students who qualify for services through the District's gifted and talented program. 

  • Participation in any program or services provided for the gifted students is voluntary, and the District will obtain written permission from the parents before placing a student in a gifted and talented program.

  • Families and staff will be informed of student placement and given opportunities to schedule conferences to discuss assessment data.