HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED?
Students are assessed through a formal process. First -12th grades are assessed during the fall semester, and Kindergarteners are assessed during the spring semester. Four or five measures are used:
- ability test
- portfolio of creative assessments (K-5)
- creativity test (6-8)
- 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. 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.
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.
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.