The Advanced Academics & Gifted and Talented Services office is working through adjustments that may be needed in regards to gifted testing, pre-AP math qualifications for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, Duke TIP, AP and IB exams, and others. Please continue checking this website for updates, changes, and announcements. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this together.
District Gifted/Talented Testing Statement
In July 2019, a revised Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) was approved. With the newly-approved State Plan, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued a clarification statement in October 2019 regarding Accountability Standard 2.15, which states “Assessment opportunities for gifted/talented identification are made available to students at least once per school year.”
In response to this statement of clarification communicated by TEA, each Allen ISD student will have the opportunity to test for potential gifted identification once per academic school year. Per guidelines in the State Plan, Allen ISD’s gifted/talented identification and assessment procedure and qualification criteria consist of at least three quantitative and qualitative measures, including aptitude and achievement testing, creative and critical thinking tasks, and an opportunity for parent and teacher input. Allen ISD’s qualification criteria have not changed. Students already identified gifted/talented by Allen ISD will remain so.
Families interested in learning more about Allen ISD’s gifted/talented identification and assessment practices, as well as gifted services and courses at all grade levels are encouraged to attend the district’s annual gifted/talented parent meeting. This year’s meeting is on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowery Freshman Center auditorium. Meeting attendance is open, so there is no need to register.
En julio del 2019, se aprobó la revisión del Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados y Talentosos (plan estatal). Con el recién aprobado Plan Estatal, la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA, en inglés), en octubre del 2019 emitió una declaración aclaratoria en relación al estándar de toma de responsabilidad 2.15, el cual declara que “Por lo menos una vez por año escolar, se ponen a disposición de los estudiantes oportunidades de evaluación para la identificación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.”
En respuesta a dicha declaración aclaratoria comunicada por la Agencia TEA, todo alumno del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Allen, tendrá la oportunidad de tomar la prueba para la identificación potencial de estudiantes dotados y talentosos una vez por año escolar. De acuerdo a los lineamientos del Plan Estatal, el procedimiento y criterio de aceptación, identificación y evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Allen, consiste de al menos tres medidas cuantitativas y cualitativas, incluyendo prueba de aptitud y logro, tareas de pensamiento creativo y crítico y la oportunidad de que padres de familia y maestros den su opinión. El criterio de aceptación del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Allen no ha cambiado; los alumnos ya identificados como estudiantes dotados y talentosos por el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Allen se mantendrán de esa forma.
Se motiva a que las familias interesadas en obtener mayor información sobre las prácticas de identificación y evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Allen, así como de los servicios y cursos para ellos en todos los niveles de grados escolares, asistan a la reunión anual del Distrito para padres de familia, acerca de estudiantes dotados y talentosos. La reunión de este año, será el miércoles 22 de enero del 2020 a las 6:30p.m., en el auditorio del centro Lowery Freshman Center. La asistencia a la reunión es abierta, por lo que no es necesario registrarse.
Phase I testing score profiles from the Febraury 29, 2020 GT testing administration (grades 1-6) are now available. To qualify for phase II of testing for potential gifted identification, a student must earn an age percentile rank score of 97 or higher in one or more areas of the test. At this time, our plan is to facilitate phase II testing for qualified students currently in grades 1-5 shortly after school resumes in the fall. For current 6th graders who qualify for phase II, we plan to offer testing toward the end of July so students who qualify for gifted identification can begin their GEMS (Gifted Education Middle School) courses at the beginning of the school year. This is, of course, subject to change based on health and safety guidance. As we near the beginning of the school year and are able to firm up plans, we will notify families of qualified students with details on testing registration and administration.
A student whose highest age percentile rank score in any one area of the test is 94-96 qualifies for additional testing and consideration through our alternative review process. If your child qualifies for alternative review, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 22, 2020 for further information.
Your student’s phase I score profile is now available via Skyward Family Access. Once you are logged in, go to your student's portfolio, then click attachements. If you are unsure how to use Skyward Family Access, please go to https://www.allenisd.org/domain/73 for instructions.
If you have further questions, please contact Gifted & Talented Services at email@example.com.Click on the topics below for commonly requested information.
GATE AcademyGifted & Talented Services Information
Tentative dates for phase II testing are below. All dates below are subject to change based on health and safety guidance. As we near the beginning of the school year and are able to firm up plans, we will notify families of qualified students with details on testing registration and administration.Students who were in grades 1-5 during the 2019-2020 school year and who qualified for phase II testing based on results from the phase I GT test administration on February 29, 2020 will take their phase II tests shortly after school resumes in the fall of 2020.Students who were in grade 6 during the 2019-2020 school year will test toward the end of July. Should they qualify for gifted identification, they will begin their GEMS (Gifted Education Middle School) courses at the beginning of the school year.Students who were in grades 7-11 during the 2019-2020 school year and who registered for phase I testing originally planned for March 2020 will take the phase I on July 22nd or 23rd. Should they qualify for phase II testing, they will be notified and scheduled for phase II testing on July 29th or 30th.Phase II (Achievement) gifted/talented testing is for students who met Phase I (Aptitude) criteria. Please complete registration and Parent Inventory for your student to participate in Phase II gifted/talented identification testing.Please use Google or another browser. Internet Explorer is not compatible.Spring 2020 Phase II FINAL GT Registration registration window TBDParent Inventory Phase II Registration registration window TBDA parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.Phase II FINAL GT Testing *new date TBD*Results Notification (mailed on or about): TBD
Kindergarten Phase II Registration Testing January 20-24, 2020All Kindergarten students participated in Phase I (aptitude) testing in December 3 - December 16, 2019. Kindergarten students who met Phase I criteria and received a referral letter from the Gifted department are eligible for Phase II testing. Phase II testing will take place on campuses during January 27 - Feb. 7, 2020.
Kindergarten GT Parent Inventory 2020 (click on title) (Must be completed for Phase II testing)
A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.
Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.Results Notification (mailed on or about): February 27, 2020Phase I (aptitude) testing is for students in grades 1-11 who have not already tested in the current academic year. Registration opens January 23, 2020 and closes February 13, 2020.Phase I Testing Registration (click on title)
(registration window open Jan. 23-Feb. 13--no late registrations accepted)Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.Testing Information (Grades 1-6)Students currently in grades 1-6 will test on Saturday, February 29, 2020 beginning at 12:00 noon. Please arrive no later than 11:45 to check in. Testing will last approximately two to 2.5 hours.Testing will take place at Curtis Middle School and Ford Middle School. Once the registration period ends, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know where your child will test. We will do our best to accommodate sibling groups at one location.Ford Middle School--630 Park PlaceCurtis Middle School--1530 Rivercrest BlvdTesting Information (Grades 7-11)Students currently in grades 7-11 will test during the school day on their home campus during the week of March 16-20, 2020. Testing will last approximately two hours.Once the registration period ends, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know what day during the week of March 16-20, 2020 your child will test.Results Notification (mailed on or about): TBDPhase II (Achievement) gifted/talented testing is for students who met Phase I (Aptitude) criteria.
Please complete registration and Parent Inventory for your student to participate in Phase II gifted/talented identification testing.Please use Google or another browser. Internet Explorer is not compatible.A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.Phase II FINAL GT Testing *new date TBD
Results Notification (mailed on or about): TBD
- Eligible students report to Curtis Middle School located at 1530 Rivercrest Blvd.
- Only students who met phase I criteria are eligible to participate in phase II testing.
- Testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM and takes approximately two to two and one-half hours.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Date Testing/Assessment/InformationNov. 5-9 Kindergarten Phase I Testing InformationDec. 3-Dec. 16 Kindergarten Phase I TestingJan. 17 Kindergarten Phase I ResultsJan. 22 GT Informational Parent MeetingJan. 23-Feb. 13 Phase I Registration OpensJan. 27-Feb. 7 Kindergarten Phase II TestingFeb. 10-14 Kindergarten Alternative Review TestingFeb. 27 Notification of Kindergarten Results/PlacementFeb. 29 Phase I TestingMarch 2-6 Kindergarten Gifted Services beginMarch 20 Kindergarten Appeals DueApril 1-12 GATE Academy Parent Meeting & lottery window availableMay 12 Phase I results (grades 1-6) communicated via SkywardAll dates from this point forward are subject to change due to COVID-19. Please continue checking back for updates.July 22 & 23 Phase I testing for previously registered students in grades 7-11 during the 2019-2020 yearJuly 29 & 30 Phase II testing for qualified students in grades 6-11 during the 2019-2020 yearFall 2020 Phase II testing for qualifed students in grades 1-5 during the 2019-2020 yearTBD Alternative Review TestingTBD Phase II Results MailedTBD Alternative Review Results MailedPlease click on the link below to download and complete the form.AISD Appeal Form
AISD Furlough Request Form
AISD Exit Request Form
“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. Districtwide screening for kindergarten is administered in December/January. Districtwide aptitude screening is offered in February/March for grades 1-11. Online registration is available January - March. All students who are referred are screened for eligibility. Parental consent is obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the identification process.
Screening & Assessment
Districtwide screening will be conducted annually. Major assessments will be conducted in July, September/October, February/March, April, and May.The July assessment window is only for secondary students who are new to Allen ISD. New elementary and secondary students who did not participate in summer screening will be screened at end of first six weeks (September/October) for gifted consideration if they were previously identified for a gifted program in former district.The February 29th phase I testing is open to all Allen ISD students in grades 1-11 who have not completed gifted/talented testing in the current academic year.The April phase II assessment is for students who met the qualifying standard in phase I (aptitude). Students who are identified during spring assessments will begin services the follwing school year.
During July, new students to AISD will be screened for placement in the AISD Gifted and Talented program. Please note that space is limited for this testing. New students who have previously been in a gifted program and who are enrolled in AISD by the start of school will be screened at the end of the first six weeks of school during the September/October window. New-to-Allen ISD students not previously in a gifted program or who attended a school where there was not a gifted and talented program available are eligibel to particpate in phase I testing in February/March.
Selection and Placement
The District Selection Committee makes the final decision on student identification and qualification for gifted services.
District Selection Committee
Responsibilities of the District Selection Committee may include:1. including classroom teachers, gifted specialist teachers, campus administrators and district coordinator.2. assisting with policy and procedure updates.3. assiting with identification and qualification of students for gifted services.
Students must meet the minimum criteria set by the District Selection Committee in order to be selected for participation in AISD gifted and talented services. Referred students are selected based on both quantitative and qualitative measures.
AISD District Criteria:
Aptitude -97 Age NPR or above
Achievement – 97 PR or above
Critical/Creative Thinking Portfolio - 4
Parent/Teacher Inventory - 4
Phase One Testing:
Students are administered an aptitude test "Phase One" either through district wide administration or "open testing" in March. Students who meet district criteria are referred for final "Phase Two" testing.
Phase Two Testing:
Students who meet district criteria on phase I testing are eligible to particpate in phase II testing, which includes an achievement test and a creative/critical thinking exercise.
Phase II also requires observation inventories to be completed by teachers and parents. These inventories rate students on observed traits and characteristics that may be common of gifted/talented students. In grades 3-11, students respond to writing prompt and are scored holistically for purpose, organization, elaboration, depth and complexity.
Alternative Review offers a second opportunity to students who scored extremely close on phase I, but did not meet district criteria for further screening. Students who score at 94, 95, or 96 age percentile in any one area of phase I testing are eligible for alternative review. Requests for alternative review must be received within ten days of receiving your student's phase I testing results. Directions to apply for alternative review are included in your student's phase I testing results, which are mailed to the address on file with the district. Students who participate in the alternative review process are not eligible to file an appeal.
July: available screening for secondary students who are new to Allen ISD.September/October: available screening for new-to-Allen ISD elementary and secondary students who did not participate in summer screening and who were identified as gifted/talented in their previous school or district
December: all kindergarten students are screened for potential gifted/talented identification
January/February: assessment and placement for kindergarten studentsParent informational meetings
Referral registration available online
February/March: phase I testing is open to all Allen ISD students in grades 1-11 who have not completed gifted/talented testing in the current academic yearIdentified kindergarten students begin AIM servicesphase II testing registration available online for students who meet criteria *subject to change*
March/April: phase II screening for students who met qualification criteria in phase I *subject to change*
May: alternative review for qualified students *subject to change*phase II results mailed to address on file with the district
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-enroll in gifted courses/services or choose to exit. Any student who exits gifted/talented courses/services must retest for re-identification.
Elementary: A student may furlough once K-6.
Middle School: A student may furlough once 7-8.
High school: Identified student may chose the gifted course or other option and will maintain gifted status through graduation.
Elementary GT Programs
AIM – Grades K - 6
AIM services provide a homogeneous grouping of identified elementary (K-6) gifted/talented students designed to maximize their potential through in-depth and complex exploration of interdisciplinary studies not included in the mainstream classroom. AIM services are pull-out services (the student leaves his/her general education classroom to go to the AIM classroom) where students are grouped 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 thinking. AIM classrooms will focus on STEM Problem-Based Learning unit integration along with current curriculum.
Kindergarten AIM services begin in March.
Students who qualify during a spring assessment begin service the following school year.
This year's annual GATE Academy parent informational meeting will be in an online format. The window to apply for a 2020-2021 GATE Academy seat is open from April 1-12, 2020. To view the parent presentation and to submit an application for a 2020-2021 seat at the GATE Academy, please go to www.allenisd.org/gate.
Please note, the GATE Academy lottery is open to Allen ISD students currently in grades K-5 who are already identified gifted and have attended AIM this year. Students who are in the process of testing for potential gifted identification this spring are not eligible for this year's GATE Academy lottery. This is the same as previous years and is not due to current school closure or at-home learning. Should your student be identified gifted through this year's testing and begin AIM in the 2020-2021 school year, s/he will be eligible for next year's GATE Academy lottery.
After the start of school, only those students who were previously identified will be eligible for review for gifted consideration. Please contact us for further information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifted and Talented parent meeting presentation (January 22, 2020) (please click on text to access)_________________________________________________________________________________________________
Secondary GT ProgramsGEMS (Gifted Education Middle School)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 PreAPFor identified GT students. Course will focus on “Leadership in Literacy.”GT Science 7/8 PreAPStudents will explore the elements of 7th and 8th grade Science to expand with depth and complexity using inquiry and innovation.
As a humanities-based course, Phoenix offers gifted and talented students in grade 9-12 a forum for furthering their writing, analysis and strong reading skills. In the company of peers with similarly complex and divergent levels of thinking, Phoenix students explore literature and its connection to critical ideas, historical influences, and current events.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.
At Camp Invention, we foster BIG ideas! As children dream, build and make discoveries, they will have a chance to invent a prototype from scratch and explore geometry from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises. Their inventiveness will come to life while spending time in the innovation laboratory, investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge.Online registration opens TBD on Camp Invention site.CAMP INVENTION WILL BE HELD: TBDResources for Parents & Teachers of Gifted Children
National Association for Gifted Children