All students may be referred for testing and consideration in the Gifted and Talented Program by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons.
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 educational record subject to the protections set in policies.
A parent awareness session will be held March 22, 2024 at 8:00 am in the PLC Room at the Education Support Center. This optional session will provide an overview of the procedures and services.
English: Whitehouse ISD GT Parent Survey for Kindergarten Students (Open December 4-15, 2023)
Spanish: Whitehouse ISD GT Parent Survey for Kindergarten Students (abierta del 4 al 15 de diciembre de 2023)
GT Parent Survey for Second Grade Students (English) (Open February 16, 2024)
Encuesta para padres de GT para estudiantes de segundo grado (abierta del 16 de febrero de 2024)
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.
All referred students will have the opportunity to participate in the screening process.
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.
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 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.