• Student Identification Process
    Identification of students is governed by the Texas State Plan for Gifted and Talented Students.  The identification process is conducted in three phases:  referral, screening, placement. 

    Students may be referred for the program by parents, teachers, community members or self nominated. Referral forms are available in the office at the elementary level and in the counselor's office at the secondary level. Referrals for the following school year will begin in December/January of the present school year.  All students and/or parents receive written notification that nominations can be made and the open referral time from is posted on the district website.  EHBB (LOCAL)
    Students who are new to the district should be screened when they enroll if they have been in a gifted program at their previous school, come from a private school without test scores or have been referred by their parents or teachers for the program.  Determination of placement should be made within 30 days.
    Students are screened for placement by a site based committee.   Students that are referred for GT program services are screened by collecting both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data includes school ability tests and achievement tests. Qualitative date includes creativity assessments, parent perception surveys, and teacher perception surveys. In addition, at the secondary level student grades are considered as well as a student perception survey.  A site based committee determines if additional testing is needed or if there is sufficient evidence to make a recommendation for placement. 
    At the elementary level Gifted Specialists conduct the testing and assessment, but the site based committee is responsible for placement recommendations.
    At the secondary level counselors or a principal designee conducts the testing, but the site based committee is responsible for placement recommendations.
    Testing materials are provided by the Advanced Academics department when needed.
    This procedure is in compliance with the Texas State Plan for Gifted and Talented Students.  Identification and Assessment is a campus responsibility with appeals addressed first on the campus with a different committee and then referred to the district level after they have received a written request.
    Students are placed for GT program services by a site-based selection committee composed of at least 3 people from the following list: teachers, counselors, the campus gifted specialist and an administrator.  Each member of the committee has received a minimum of 6 hours of gifted training in the areas of "Nature and Needs of Gifted Students" and "Identification and Assessment of Gifted Students".   Texas State Plan:  1.7C  Final determination of students' needs for gifted/talented services is made by a committee of at least three (3) campus educators who have received training in the "Nature and Needs of Gifted Students" who have met and reviewed the individual student data.  (19 TAC § 89.1 (4). 

    The committee reviews the data and makes recommendations based on the following:
      • gifted students who demonstrate potential to function in the top of the district's student population for their age and grade
      • educational need for the learning environment that cannot be met in the regular classroom
      • ability to function in an environment which requires self-motivation and independence
      • meets district criteria
    Provisional placement serves those elementary students who need more time and/or opportunity to develop their talents.  These students will attend GT LEAD classes with identified gifted students. Permanent placement or exit must be determined within a period of time designated by the GT Placement Committee.
    Students who have been previously enrolled in a gifted program and have moved into GCISD will adhere to the identification process and entrance criteria of the GCISD program.  Parents should notify the school requesting placement screening and/or testing when the student is enrolled.  Identification procedures for transfer students are conducted during the first three weeks of enrollment and the selection committee decision is sent to the parents within 30 days. 
    Decisions are made based on transferred records, observation reports of district teachers who instruct the student and student/parent conferences.  If ability tests and/or achievement tests are not available, parent permission is obtained to administer them.  SPECIAL PROGRAMS, GIFTED AND TALENTED EHBB (LOCAL)
    A student who transfers from one campus in the District to the same grade level at another District campus shall continue to receive services in the District's gifted and talented program.  EHBB (LOCAL)
    GCISD, in its commitment to excellence, requires that identified students and provisional students receive a differentiated curriculum weekly in the elementary GT LEAD class and daily at the secondary level.  Additionally, elementary students should receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom based on readiness level.
    Recommendation to consider discontinuing program participation may be made by teachers, counselors, parents, or the student.  However, any such request must be supported by evidence related related to the educational appropriateness of GT placement.  Requests for a student exit from the program will be reviewed by the exit committee. Once a student has exited from the program during the school year, the students may not automatically re-enter.  The student must be re-identified.
    Students who are experiencing temporary undue hardships or indication of stress may receive a temporary administrative furlough.  The furlough is supported by documented evidence based on the student's need. A furloughed student is not re-identified for entrance back into the program.
    It is the purpose of the Academic Review Committee (ARC) to hear appeals of decisions by the Campus Selection Committee.
    District Guidelines for the Appeals Process
    • Parents will submit a letter of appeal to the campus principal requesting a review of the Campus Selection Committee's (CSC) decision no later than 15 days after the CSC has notified the parents.  Parents need to state the reason for the appeal and attach supporting evidence, if desired.
    • The placement committee will have 15 days after the receipt of the letter of appeal to make a recommendation to the parents.
    • The placement committee will review student data and recommendations of the original committee meeting.  The committee will look at historical data from previous years and gather any other pertinent data.
    • Based on any new information the committee may: A) uphold the decision of the first committee; B)  recommend further testing to be administered by the GT specialist or counselor;  C) Or override the decision of the first committee, state the reason/s why on the student profile sheet, notify the parent in writing.
    • If additional testing is recommended, appropriate tests will be administered and the additional data will be submitted to the ARC.  That committee will review the new data and make a recommendation to grant or deny program services.
    • If the appeal is approved, the letter will include a permission for the parents to sign allowing the students to receive GT program services.
    • If the parents wishes to appeal the second decision, they should send an email or write a letter to the Coordinator of Advanced Academics requesting a reevaluation of the student's profile and data.
    • The data will be reviewed and evaluated by the District Review Committee (DRC) and parents will be notified of that committee's decision.

    Referral Process Flow Chart

Last Modified on August 13, 2015