Gifted and Talented Services and Programs
612 E. Bethany Drive, Allen, TX 75002
AIM 2013 3rd GRADE GREEK GALLERY
Barbara Myer - Gifted and Talented Coordinator - Email
Michele Schneeberger - Administrative Assistant - Email
Gifted & Talented Program and Assessment Information
Welcome to Allen ISD Gifted and Talented!
*You may email us @: email@example.com
What's New 2013-2014 AISD Gifted and Talented?
If you are a new student who was previously identified and served in a gifted program, you may contact
our office for testing opportunity. All new students not previously identified and served in a gifted program, we invite to test with us at our Phase I CogAT screening March 29, 2014.
This annual opportunity is for all AISD students interested in gifted and talented.
Gifted and Talented screening is offered every two years K-6.
Grades 7-11 may test each year.
Online registration and details forthcoming.
Gifted and Talented Parent Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at
Curtis Middle School 6:30 PM.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 972-727-0332 for further information.
KINDERGARTEN PHASE II REGISTRATION
Kindergarten students were administered CogAT in December. Students who met district criteria received notification letter of eligibility for Phase II testing. If your student met the district criteria and received a notification letter, please complete registration below. Phase II testing will take place on the student's home campus the weeks of February 3-14. Students MUST be registered to participate.
Only students who met criteria and received notification letter are eligible to register and participate.
After completing registration, parents MUST complete online Parent Inventory below.
KINDERGARTEN PHASE II REGISTRATION click here
(Will open January 24, 2014)
PARENT INVENTORY click here
(Will open January 24, 2014)
CogAT PHASE I REGISTRATION
CogAT online registration is open from January 28, 2014 to March 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM.
Students in grades K-6 are eligible to test every two years.
Students in grades 7-11 are eligible to test every year.
If your student meets the above eligibility, please complete registration below.
Parent must complete a registration for each student to participate.
CogAT PHASE I REGISTRATION click here
(Will open January 28, 2014 - March 7, 2014)
2013-2014 Gifted and Talented Assessment Timeline
*For additional information, please contact us @ email@example.com or 972-727-0332
AISD Appeal Process Form
AISD Furlough Request Form
AISD Exit Request Form
AISD "Getting into GT"
AISD Gifted and Talented Programs and Procedures
AISD Identification and Assessment Flow Chart
Texas Performance Standards Project Brochure
“Gifted and Talented” student means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for
performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age,
experience, or environment and who exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative,
or artistic area, possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, or excels in a specific academic field.
Allen ISD mission is to provide an enriched, rigorous, academic curriculum for identified gifted students.
Students are referred for gifted program based on prescreen data, or referred due to
new student status. District wide screening for K is administered in December/January.
District wide aptitude screening is offered in February/March for grades 4-11. Online registration is available
January - March. Kindergarten students are referred based on prescreen data during the
month of January. All students who are referred are screened for eligibility. Written parental consent
is obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the identification process.
Screening & Assessment
District-wide screening will be conducted annually. Major assessments will be conducted in August,
October, February, March, April and May.
The August assessment will focus on screening new AISD students only. New students who did not
participate in summer screening will be screened at end of first six weeks for gifted
consideration if they were previously identified for a gifted program in former district. The December/February assessment will focus on Kindergarten. Services for identified Kindergarten students
begin March 1st of the same school year. The March assessment, Phase I will offer aptitude screening for
students considering gifted.
Students are eligible for screening every two years at the elementary level.
The April assessment, Phase II completes final gifted screening.
The May assessment will focus on screening for any student who previously participated in CogAT
and request Individual Review, an additional aptitude opportunity. Students who are identified during
spring assessments will begin services in August of the next school year.
During August, students who are new to AISD and have previously been identified for a gifted program
in another district/state will be screened for placement in the AISD Gifted and Talented program. New
students who have not previously been in a gifted program and who are enrolled in the AISD before
the start of school will also be screened during the August screening/assessment. Students not previously
in a gifted program or who attended a school where there was not a gifted and talented program
available and enroll in the AISD after the start of school will be screened during the Spring assessment.
Selection and Placement
The District Selection Committee which includes the district Gifted and Talented Coordinator,
Campus gifted facilitators, Campus regular education teachers, administrators, and other professional
educators, make the final decision on student identification/placement into the program.
District Selection Committee
Responsibilities of the District Selection Committee may include:
1. To include classroom teachers, gifted specialist teachers, campus administrators and district coordinator.
2. Assists with policy and procedure updates.
3. Assists with admittance and review of selected students.
Students must meet the minimum criteria set by the District Selection Committee in order to be selected
for participation in the AISD Gifted and Talented program. Referred/Nominated students will be selected
based on both quantitative and qualitative measures. Examples and criteria:
AISD District Criteria:
CogAT -97 Age NPR or above
ITBS – 96 PR or above
Critical/Creative Thinking Portfolio - 4
Parent/Teacher Inventory - 4
Phase One Testing:
Students are administered a CogAT either through district wide administration or "open testing" in March.
Student who meet district criteria are referred for final "Phase Two" testing.
Phase Two Testing:
Students who meet CogAT (aptitude) district criteria complete final testing with administration of
ITBS (reading and math grades K-5) and (reading and usage/expression grades 6-11) and a creative
critical thinking exercise. In addition, a parent/teacher inventory is evaluated for placement.
AISD screens all kindergarten students annually for gifted consideration. Research states
that standardized test scores are valid for two years. Students are eligible to test again in grade 2, 4, 6
or every two years. It is suggested that secondary in grades 7-11 test alternating years.
Aptitude screening offered for those students seeking referral who do not have current
data on file during March "open testing" period.
An observation inventory is used for teachers and parents to rate students on observed traits that are
characteristic of gifted and talented students. Portfolios are samples of student products grades K-2.
Each year the Gifted and Talented office selects activities designed to stimulate open-ended and creative
critical thinking. Grades 3-11, students respond to writing prompt and are scored holistically for purpose,
organization, elaboration, depth and complexity.
Individual Review offers an alternative aptitude to students who scored extremely close on CogAT, but
did not meet district criteria for further screening. Eligibility for IR screening is offered to those students
who score at 92 percentile in a CogAT tested area. Please contact Gifted and Talented office for further
information and registration. All requests must be submitted during current school year when test occurred.
IR requests must be received by end of April.
Students who complete both Phase I and Phase II testing and do not meet placement may appeal final decision
to district gifted office. Form listed above under Resources.
Students who participate in the Individual Review process are not eligible for an appeal as Individual Review
afforded students an additional aptitude testing opportunity. Individual Review testing results and placement
decisions are final.
Program Timeline & Procedures
AISD new students screened.
Additional new student screening at end of first six weeks.
Students not previously in a gifted program or who attended a school where there was not a gifted and talented program
available and enroll in the AISD after the start of school will be screened during the spring assessment.
Prescreen all Kindergarten students for GT program consideration.
Assessment and placement for Kindergarten students.
Parent informational meetings.
Referral registration available online.
March: Phase I
Aptitude screening available for GT consideration.
Identified Kindergarten students served in AIM program.
Referral registration available online for students who meet district aptitude screening criteria.
April: Phase II Final Screening (ITBS and Critical/Creative Portfolio)
May: Individual Review Screening (additional aptitude opportunity)
June: GT placements decisions
July: Summer testing new AISD students
A furlough may be granted at the request of a teacher and/or campus committee, student (K-12)
and/or parent. A student may be furloughed for a period of time deemed appropriate by the selection
committee, but a furlough will last no longer than the current school year. At the end of the current
school year, the student’s progress shall be reviewed and the student may re-enter the Gifted and
Talented program, or exit the program. Any student who exits the program must retest for re-entry.
It is strongly recommended that a student furlough at the end of the first grading period or at semester only.
If a student furloughs at any time during the school year that suffices one time opportunity.
Students identified as gifted and talented may be exited from the Gifted and Talented program according
to the following guidelines. All students who exit the Gifted and Talented program, including those
identified as gifted and talented, shall be re-screened in order to re-enter the program.
Elementary: A student may furlough once K-6.
Middle School: A student may furlough once 7-8.
Secondary: Identified student may chose the Gifted course or other option and will maintain gifted status
Elementary GT Program
AIM – Grades K - 6
The AIM program provides a homogeneous grouping of identified elementary (K-6) gifted and talented
students that is designed to maximize their potential through in-depth and complex exploration of
interdisciplinary studies not included in the mainstream classroom. AIM is a pull-out program where
students are clustered in a classroom with a gifted and talented specialist teacher. The AIM curriculum
challenges students to develop and apply their talents through a variety of integrated, multidisciplinary
learning activities and projects. AIM curriculum serves to integrate Language Arts/Social Studies and
Science/Math through a rigorous, relevant, and enriched extension of the regular classroom. AIM
classroom activities focus on logic, problem solving, higher order thinking skills, critical and creative
Kindergarten service begins in March of the year of identification. Students who qualify during spring a
ssessment begin service the following school year.
Secondary GT Programs
GT HUMANITIES-GRADES 7-8
These courses are available at each middle school campus for identified gifted and talented students.
Each course is a two period class which grants credit in both Social Studies and English/Language Arts.
GT Reading 7 PreAP
For identified GT students. Course will focus on “Leadership in Literacy.”
Phoenix students are prepared for and encouraged to take the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exams in Language and Literature at the end of their junior and senior years, since the course incorporates AP standards and terminology.
Identified students may choose to participate in IB/GT ELA III and IV as part of the International Baccalaureate program.
Gifted & Talented Online Resources
Resources for Parents & Teachers of Gifted Children
High Achiever vs. Gifted