Each year, Allen ISD hosts an informational meeting for parents providing information on the district’s Gifted and Talented services. This year’s informational meeting was held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 via Zoom webinar. If you were not able to attend the meeting, or if you'd like to review the presentation materials, please visit the links below:
recording of 2021 parent information meeting (coming soon)
2021 parent information meeting FAQs (coming soon)Click on the topics below for commonly requested information.
GATE AcademyGifted & Talented Services Information
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.
2020-2021 Phase I Gifted and Talented Registration TestingAll dates and locations below are subject to change based on current health and safety guidance. In order to register for testing, students must:
*be enrolled in and attending an Allen ISD school (in-person or at-home) at the time of registration and testing
*currently in grades 1-11
*not already be identified gifted/talented in Allen ISD
*not have participated in phase I testing during the 2020-2021 academic yearPhase I Testing Registration open January 26-February 5, 2021Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.
Secondary students (grades 7-12) will test on their home campus during the school day between February 22 and March 1, 2021. Elementary students (grades 1-6) will test on their home campus during the school day between March 16 and 22, 2021.
IN-PERSON LEARNERS: Allen ISD students who are in-person learners will take the computerized CogAT aptitude test during the school day between the dates listed above. Families will receive an update from their home campus closer to testing time letting them know which day during the testing window their student will test.
AT-HOME LEARNERS: At-home Allen ISD students who register for testing for potential gifted identification will have an opportunity to take the computerized CogAT aptitude test during the window listed above or on a Saturday administration. Families who choose to have their student test during the school day will receive an update closer to testing time letting them know the date their student will test. At-home Allen ISD learners must choose one of the two options below:
*taking the CogAT on a single day during the testing windows listed above
*taking the CogAT the morning of Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Curtis Middle School. This option is only for at-home Allen ISD learners in grades 1-11.Results Notification via Skyward messenger: April 5, 2021
Phase II Final Gifted Testing Registration
Phase II and AR testing for qualified elementary students will take place at each student's home campus between August 17th and 27th. Families of qualified students received emails with the specific date and time of their child's test, along with health and safety guideline and procedures for coming to the school building. Families will be notified via Skyward by the end of the day on September 10, 2020.
Students who were in grades 6-11 during the 2019-2020 school year concluded their testing in July 2020.
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.
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A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.
Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.All dates and locations below are subject to change based on current health and safety guidance. We are currently working to create plans for making this opportunity available to all in-person and at-home learners.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 2021 phase II & AR registration open April 5-9, 2021A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.Phase II & AR Testing
Phase II results will be shared via Skyward on May 18, 2021._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- April 17, 2021
- Curtis Middle School
Kindergarten Phase II & Alternative Review
All dates below are subject to change based on current health and safety guidance.All Kindergarten student will participate in phase I (aptitude) testing in December 1-11, 2020. Kindergarten students who meet Phase I criteria are eligible for phase II testing. Phase II testing will take place on campuses during January 25-Febraury 11, 2021. We are currently working to create plans for making this opportunity available to all in-person and at-home learners.Kindergarten phase II registration OPENS Jan 20-24, 2021(click google link below for Phase II registration)Kindergarten AR registration opens Jan 20-24, 2021.Please contact email@example.com for registration.Parent Inventory - click on link below (Must be completed as part of phase II and AR testing)
Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.Results Notification via Skyward messenger: February 25, 2021_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Date Testing/Assessment/InformationAugust 17-27 phase II testing for qualified elementary students (completion of 2019-2020 testing)September 10 communication of phase II results via Skyward messengerNovember 2-6 kindergarten phase I informationDecember 1-11 kindergarten phase I testingJanuary 20 communication of kindergarten phase I results via Skyward messengerJan. 25-Feb. 11 kindergarten phase II & AR testingJanuary 26 gifted/talented parent information meetingJan. 26-Feb. 5 phase I registration open (Grades 1-11)Feb. 22-Mar. 1 phase I testing (Grades 7-11)Feb. 25-Mar. 4 Kindergarten appeals windowMarch 1-5 Kindergarten AIM services beginMarch 16-22 phase I testing (Grades 1-6)March 23 GATE Acacemy parent informational meetingMar. 23-April 5 GATE Academy lottery application windowApril 5 communication of phase I results (Grades 1-11) via Skyward messengerApril 5-9 phase II & AR registration window (Grades 1-11)April 17 phase II & AR testingMay 18 communication of phase II results (Grades 1-11) via Skyward messengerMay 18-28 phase II appeal window (Grades 1-11)Please 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's mission is to provide an enriched, rigorous, academic curriculum for identified gifted students.
Each Allen ISD student may be referred for and have the opportunity to test for potential gifted identification once per academic school year. Districtwide testing for kindergarten students is administered in December/January. All kindergarten students participate in phase I testing. Districtwide aptitude screening is offered in February/March for students in Grades 1-11. Students in Grades 1-11 must be registered to participate in testing. Parental consent is obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the identification process.
Students may participate in testing for potential gifted identification once per school year. Per guideline set in the State Plan, Allen ISD's gifted/talented identification and assessment procedure and qualification criteria consist of at least three quantitative nad qualitative measures, including aptitude and achievement testing, creative and critical thinking tasks, and an opportunity for parent and teacher input.
Families of students new to Allen ISD who were identified gifted in their previous school/district, should email and scores and/or documents used to determine gifted identification to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once these documents are received,t hey will be assessed and nect steps will be determined and communicated to the family.
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.
Each year, Allen ISD hosts an informational meeting for parents providing information on the GATE Academy. This year’s informational meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be facilitated via Zoom webinar. To join the webinar meeting, please go to https://zoom.us/s/93895219688. There is no need to register for the meeting. The recording of the meeting will be posted to the Gifted & Talented Services and GATE Academy webpages for those who cannot attend the live webinar session and for those who wish to review a recording of the information. To view the parent presentation and to submit an application for a 2021-2022 seat at the GATE Academy, please go to www.allenisd.org/gate.
The window to apply for a 2021-2022 GATE Academy seat will be open from March 23-April 5, 2021. The application will be link will be communicated as the application window draws closer.
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. Should your student be identified gifted through this year's testing and begin AIM in the 2021-2022 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. email@example.com_________________________________________________________________________________________________
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.Leadership Through Literacy (formerly GT Reading 7 Pre-AP)This companion course to GT Humanities 7 allows for extended learning in English language Arts with a focus on leadership and self-reflection.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 and Teachers of Gifted Children