Eanes ISD

FAQ

How can my child receive services through the GT (Gifted & Talented) Program?

In order to receive GT services, your child has to qualify for the program. To start the process, please attend one of the information meetings which explain in detail the assessment process. The online consent form can be found on district and campus websites. The Consent for Assessment Form will be available May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017 and August 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017.

Where can I find out more information about the GT program?

You can find information about the Eanes Gifted and Talented Program in the Advanced Academic section of the district website and on each campus’ GT Specialist webpage.

Who can be assessed for the GT Program?

The assessment process is open to all students. Parents, staff members, and students themselves may initiate a request to be assessed for the GT Program, however parents are required to complete the online Consent for Assessment Form in order for their child to be assessed. Assessments are given in September to students in grades 1-8 and in January to kindergarten students. In grades 9-12 students may be assessed by request to jlamirand@eanesisd.net

I am new to the district and my child was in a GT program at their last school. Can my child participate in the GT program in Eanes?

A student receiving Gifted & Talented services from another district that transfers to Eanes ISD may complete a Transfer Referral Form. Once the Referral Form and completed file from the previous school district is received by the campus, the student will be assessed following Eanes ISD GT guidelines. Placement decisions will be made within six weeks of receiving the completed Referral Form which includes the GT file from the previous district.

How do we have a student assessed for the GT Program?

First, it is strongly recommended that parents attend one of the district’s information meetings. These meetings are conducted in April and August at a central district location. These meetings will be advertised on each campus and through the district website. Next, parents must complete the online Consent for Assessment Form located on the district’s Advanced Academic website and on the website of each campus’ Gifted and Talented Specialist.

When and Where will the Assessment take place?

Students in grades 1st-8th will be given an ability assessment on Saturday, September 9, 2017. All testing will take place at Valley View Elementary. Kindergarten students will be assessed on their home campus in January.

What if my child cannot attend the the September 9th Assessment Date?

Students needing to make-up the ability assessment due to extenuating circumstances will take the assessment on Saturday, September 16, 2017. This make-up session will take place at Valley View Elementary. Please email your campus GT Specialist as soon as possible.

How will I know what time slot my child will be assessed?

Testing Date:
September 9, 2017

Location:
Valley View Elementary
1201 South Capitol of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746

Morning Session

  • First Grade
    • Check-in Cafeteria 7:30 am - 7:45 am
    • Part 1 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    • Break/Snack - Children may bring a utensil-free, nut-free, quick snack and water (in cafeteria)
    • Part 2 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 10:30 am
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade
    • Check-in Cafeteria 10:15 am - 10:30 am
    • Test 10:45 am - 11:45 am
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 11:45 am

Afternoon Session

  • Second Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
    • Part 1 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Break/Snack - Children may bring a utensil-free, nut-free, quick snack and water (in cafeteria)
    • Part 2 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 3:00 pm
  • 6th Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
    • Test 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 1:45 pm
  • 7th Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    • Test 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 3:00 pm
  • 8th Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Test 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 4:15 pm
  • Third Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Test 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 4:15 pm


*Students will be grouped by grade levels, not necessarily by campus.

Do I drop my child off for the Assessment or do I stay with my child for the assessment?

You must walk your child into the school to be checked-in for their testing assignment. Once your child has been checked in, it is encouraged that you leave and return to the cafeteria to pick up your child at the designated pick up time.

What can my child bring to testing?

Your child may bring a utensil-free, nut-free, quick snack. A water bottle. A book to read while waiting to go to testing room.

No tablets will be allowed in the testing room. All phones need to be turned off during testing and will be kept at the front of the room.

What is the testing schedule for the day?

Testing Date:
September 9, 2017

Location:
Valley View Elementary
1201 South Capitol of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746

Morning Session

  • First Grade
    • Check-in Cafeteria 7:30 am - 7:45 am
    • Part 1 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    • Break/Snack - Children may bring a utensil-free, nut-free, quick snack and water (in cafeteria)
    • Part 2 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 10:30 am
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade
    • Check-in Cafeteria 10:15 am - 10:30 am
    • Test 10:45 am - 11:45 am
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 11:45 am

Afternoon Session

  • Second Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
    • Part 1 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Break/Snack - Children may bring a utensil-free, nut-free, quick snack and water (in cafeteria)
    • Part 2 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 3:00 pm
  • 6th Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
    • Test 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 1:45 pm
  • 7th Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    • Test 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 3:00 pm
  • 8th Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Test 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 4:15 pm
  • Third Grade
    • Check-in cafeteria 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Test 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    • Parents must sign-out child in cafeteria at 4:15 pm


*Students will be grouped by grade levels, not necessarily by campus.

My child will be a kindergarten student in the 2017-2018 school year. When is kindergarten Gifted & Talented Assessment?

  • The online consent form can be found on district & campus websites. The Consent for Assessment Form will be available November 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM.The deadline to submit the Consent for Assessment Form is November 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
  • Kindergarten students will be assessed on their campus in January. Results will be sent out by the end of February.
  • The assessment process is open to all students. Parents, Staff members, and students themselves may initiate a request to be assessed for the GT Program, however parents are required to complete the online Consent for Assessment Form in order for their child to be assessed.
  • The online consent form can be found on district & campus websites.
  • Kindergarten Parent information meetings will be conducted in November on each campus. Parents are encouraged to attend the informational meeting.
Parents must complete the online Consent for Assessment Form and submit it by the deadline in order for the assessment process to begin.

What is the Gifted & Talented Assessment process for High School Students?

Students in High School can be assessed for the Gifted & Talented Program. If you would like to make arrangements for your High School student to be assessed for the Gifted & Talented Program, please contact Jerri LaMirand at jlamirand@eanesisd.net

What do Gifted & Talented Services look like at the High School level?

In high school, students are provided with multiple ways to connect with GT opportunities through academics (Pre-AP and AP courses), Fine Arts, Engineering, Independent Study Mentorship Program, Robotics, and other programs.

Are there any forms parents need to complete?

The Gifted & Talented Specialist at your child’s campus will send home a Scale for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) form that you will need to return to the school by the given date.

When will my child receive the creative portion of the assessment?

The Gifted & Talented Specialist on each campus will conduct the creativity assessments during the month of September on the student’s campus during the school day. In kindergarten, students will be assessed for creativity during the school day in the month of January.

When will I find out the results of my child’s assessment?

Results will be sent home through US mail by October 31, 2017 for students in grades 1-8 and by February 28, 2018 for kindergarten.

My child qualified, what now?

Students qualifying for Gifted and Talented services will begin attending GT class in early November 2017. Elementary students will receive information from the campus GT Specialist about a meeting to sign Consent to Serve Forms and Middle School students will return the Consent to Serve Form included in the results letter.

My child didn’t qualify, what now?

  • A parent/guardian, student, or educator may request an appeal of the Campus Committee’s decision by November 30, 2017.
  • Parents may initiate an appeal by completing an appeal form after they have met with the campus GT Specialist.
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