Advanced Academics

Gifted & Talented Program FAQ

Gifted & Talented (GT) Identification Process

  • Parents/guardians, family members, GCCISD staff, community members or any others who have knowledge of the student
    • Grade K: GT testing for kindergarten students does not require a referral during the fall semester as the district screens all kindergarten students during the fall semester. (See the following Grade K section for further information regarding the referral process.)
    • Grades 1-5: Complete a GT referral online and submit it prior to the deadline date.
    • Grades 6-11: Request a GT referral from the GCCISD Advanced Academics Department (281-707-3519 or carole.jones@gccisd.net) and complete as well as submit it prior to the deadline date.
  • Grade K

    The district screens all kindergarten students during the fall semester. Students, whose screener score meets the minimum criteria, proceed further into the identification process with the written permission of their parents/guardians. Kindergarten students whose screener scores does not meet the minimum criteria, may be referred for testing in the spring. The Spring referral window opens in March. Students referred in March will be tested in April or May.

     

    Grades 1-11

    Although there are two referral opportunities per school year for grades 1-11, a student may be referred and tested only one time per year. The first referral window for GT services opens in October and closes in November. The second referral window for GT services opens in January and closes in February. Students who are referred during window 1 or window 2 will be tested during the spring semester for identification purposes.

  • Grade K Fall Semester

    Kindergarten students are administered assessment instruments that measure verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning. For students whose screening score meets the minimum criteria, parents and students are provided with a qualitative rating instrument designed to capture additional information regarding the student.

     

    Grade K Spring Semester/Summer

    Students are assessed with a combination of nationally normed achievement tests (math, language, reading), nonverbal cognitive ability assessments and teacher/parent qualitative rating instruments.

     

    Grades 1-11

    Students are assessed with a combination of nationally normed achievement tests (math, language, reading), a nonverbal cognitive ability assessment or an assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions, and a teacher as well as a parent qualitative rating instrument.

Kindergarten Gifted / Talented

    • All kindergarten students enrolled in GCCISD will be screened in the Fall Semester using a nonverbal ability test and a student portfolio. The kindergarten screening will occur in the student’s classroom.
    • Students who meet criteria on the nonverbal ability test and/or the student portfolio will have the option to take additional assessments to qualify for the GT Program. Parent approval must be granted to take the additional assessments.
    • The GCCISD GT Identification Committee will review all assessment results to determine which students qualify for the GT Program.
    • GT assessment results will be mailed to parents once testing is complete. Students identified for the GCCISD GT Program will begin GT Services by March 1, pending parent approval.
    • Parents/Guardians may appeal the decision of the GT Identification Committee by contacting the Department of Advanced Academics within 10 working days of the date on the notification letter.
    • GT Services will begin on campus by March 1. Students will receive GT services in a small pull-out group on their home campus. Teachers who teach GT are required to have 30 hours of GT training.
    • Kindergarten students who did not meet criteria for the GT Program may be referred for GT testing March 4th-April 6th. Students who are referred will be tested prior to the end of the school year. Students who are identified by the GT Identification Committee will begin GT services the following school year, pending parent approval.
    • Parents/Guardians may appeal the decision of the GT Identification Committee by contacting the Department of Advanced Academics within 10 working days of the date on the notification letter.

1st - 11th Grade Gifted / Talented

    • Parents/Guardians, GCCISD staff, and others may refer a 1st-11th grade student for the GT identification process by completing the GT Referral October 20th-November 18th (Window #1) The GT referral link will be posted on the GCCISD website and campus website. For more information, contact the campus GT Contact.
    • Any GCCISD 1st-11th grade student who was not referred during the GT Referral Window #1 may be referred for the GT identification process by completing the GT Referral January 18th-February 11th (Window #2). The GT Referral link will be posted on the GCCISD website and the campus website. For more information, contact the campus GT Contact.
    • Parents must give permission for a student to participate in the GT identification process. For students referred by a teacher or other GCCISD staff, a parent must complete the parent section of the GT Referral Packet. The campus GT contact will reach out to parents/guardians who need to complete the parent section when the referral is submitted by a teacher or other GCCISD staff member. If a parent/guardian refers a student, the teacher will be notified to fill out the teacher section of the GT referral.
    • Once parent permission has been granted, students who are referred by February 11th will participate in the GT assessment during the school day in March or April.
    • Students enrolled after February 11th can be referred by contacting the Advanced Academics Department. Students will be assessed in May/June.
    • The GCCISD GT Identification Committee will review all assessment data to determine which students meet criteria for the GT Program.
    • GT assessment results will be mailed to parents once testing is complete. Students identified for the GCCISD GT Program will begin GT Services the following semester, pending parent permission.
    • Parents/Guardians may appeal the decision of the GT Identification Committee by contacting the Department of Advanced Academics within 10 working days of the date on the notification letter.
For additional information, refer to the GCCISD Gifted & Talented Program District Handbook.