Students are assessed through a formal process. First - 12th grades are assessed during the fall semester, and Kindergarten is assessed during the spring semester. Four or five measures are used:
- ability test
- analytical test (Kinder students only)
- portfolio of student work (varies by grade level)
- Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) form completed by teacher
- Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) form completed by parent
A Campus GT Instructional Needs Committee meets to review all of the data and determine services. The committee may request addition information such as a portfolio of student work, and/or an additional critical thinking assessment in order to determine how best to meet the student’s needs. Information from private testing is considered, however, scores from private testing do not supplant scores received through Eanes ISD testing. Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans will be taken into consideration.
Choose your child's grade for assessment timeline:
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.
New EISD Students identified as GT in Prior District: A student receiving Gifted & Talented services from another district that transfers to Eanes ISD may complete a Referral Form. Once the Referral Form 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 Referral Form.
Transfer Students NOT already identified as GT: A student that is not receiving Gifted & Talented services from another district that transfers to Eanes ISD will have the opportunity to be assessed for GT during the next assessment period.