HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED?
Students are assessed through a formal process. This year, due to COVID, all students will be assessed in January & February 2021. Multiple measures are used:
- ability test
- portfolio of creative assessments (K-5)
- creativity test (6-8)
- SIGS form completed by teacher
- SIGS form completed by parent
The testing will be broken into two Phases: Phase One for Intellectual Ability and Phase Two for Creativity. Students must meet the requirements in Phase One before moving onto Phase Two testing. Those students that do not meet the requirements in Phase One will receive notification that testing will be stopped. All students meeting the requirements in Phase One will then be assessed in Phase Two for creativity. A Campus GT Instructional Needs Committee will then meet to review all of the data. You will be notified of the results. If your child is admitted to the program, you will be asked to sign a Permission to Serve Form. If your child is not admitted to the program, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans will be taken into consideration.
WHAT IS THE GT PROCESS FOR NEW STUDENTS TO THE DISTRICT NOT ALREADY IDENTIFIED IN PRIOR SCHOOL DISTRICT?
All students will have the opportunity to be assessed for GT during the next assessment period.
WHAT IS THE GT PROCESS FOR Kindergarten - 12TH GRADE?
- Notification for GT referral process and parent meeting will go out through district and campus communication.
- 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.
- A parent information meeting will be conducted on November 12, 2020, 5-6pm via a Zoom webinar. Parents are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.
- Once a student is referred, parents must complete the online Consent for Assessment Form and submit it by the deadline in order for the assessment process to begin.
- The online consent form can be found on district & campus websites. The consent form will be available November 12, 2020 through December 9, 2020.
- Phase One: All students will be given an intellectual ability assessment during January at their home campus. Parents choosing remote learning will be allowed to schedule a small group or 1:1 time with the GT Specialist during school hours or after school hours. Students must meet the requirements in Phase One before moving onto Phase Two testing. Those students that do not meet the requirements in Phase One will receive notification that testing will be stopped.
***NOTE: If a student previously met the creativity OR intellectual ability qualification from the 2019-2020 school year, then that qualifying score will be applied to the 2020-2021 assessment period should you choose to have your child assessed.
- Phase Two: All students meeting the requirements in Phase One will then be assessed in Phase Two for creativity.
- Letters will be mailed home by February 26, 2021 notifying parents of GT placement. Students qualifying for GT services will enter the program in early March 2021.
March - April:
- Parents may initiate an appeal by completing an appeal form after they have met with the campus GT Specialist. The deadline to submit an appeal to the district office of the Campus Committee’s decision is by 4pm on April 30, 2021.
- District appeals committee will meet to review appeals and letters will be mailed home by May 20, 2021.
Appeals: A parent/guardian, student, or educator may request an appeal of the Campus Committee’s decision within 30 days of the date of notification. Parents may initiate an appeal by completing an appeal form after they have met with the campus GT Specialist.
Furlough: Upon written request of the parent/guardian, a student may be granted a leave of absence from Gifted & Talented services. A furlough may be granted for reasons such as class schedule conflicts, student illness, serious illness or death of a family member, and short term relocation of the family.
Exiting Procedures: Exiting of students from the Gifted & Talented program is based on multiple criteria including student performance in the program. Exiting is finalized by committee decision after consultation with parents and students regarding the most appropriate educational placement.
Transfer Students: A student receiving Gifted & Talented services from another district that transfers to Eanes ISD may complete a Transfer Referral Form. Once the student is attending an Eanes school and the Referral Form and all relevant data from the previous school district are received by the campus, the student will be assessed following Eanes ISD GT guidelines (during the Eanes ISD academic school year). For students being assessed outside of the district assessment window, placement decisions will be made within six weeks of receiving the completed Referral Form which includes the GT file from the previous district.