Gifted and Talented Services and Programs


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    What's New?

     

    Each year, Allen ISD hosts an informational meeting for parents providing information on the GATE Academy and the lottery process.  This year’s informational meeting was held via Zoom webinar and took place on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  

     

    recording of Zoom webinar

    presentation slides

    2021-2022 GATE Academy FAQs

     

    The window to apply for a 2021-2022 GATE Academy seat will be open from March 23-April 5, 2021.  To complete an application to the GATE Academy lottery, please go to https://forms.gle/aMVqY4fRMN9ii5wY8.  

     

    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 through this year's testing and begin AIM in the 2021-2022 school year, they will be eligible for next year's GATE Academy lottery.  

         

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    Gifted & 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.      

     

    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. 

     


     

    2020-2021 Phase I Gifted and Talented Registration Testing   

     

    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

    2021 parent information meeting slides

    2021 parent information meeting FAQs

     

    This year, Allen ISD will begin offering the computerized version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for all students in grades 1-11 who test for potential gifted identification.  All students interested in participating in phase I of testing for potential gifted identification will take this administration of the CogAT onsite.  Separate testing sessions will be offered for in-person and at-home learners.  Registration for phase I testing for students currently in grades 1-11 closed February 5, 2021.  If your child is registered to test, you will soon receive more information about the specific date and time of their testing session.
     
    All 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 year
     
     
    Registration for phase I testing closed February 5, 2021
     
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    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 Gifted Testing & Alternative Review (AR) Registration

    Registration for phase II testing will open for qualified students on April 5, 2021 and will close at midnight on April 11, 2021.  To qualify for phase II testing, students must score a 97 Age Percentile Rank (APR) or higher in one or more assessed areas of the CogAT in the current school year (unless otherwise notified via a district selection committee decision on a previously filed appeal).  Students who qualified for phase II testing through the spring 2021 CogAT will be notified via Skyward messenger on or about April 5, 2021.

     

    For a qualified child to participate in phase II testing, their parent or guardian must complete both the phase II registration form and parent inventory linked below.  Both forms are due by midnight on April 11, 2021.

     

    If your child did not meet the district minimum standard of 97 APR, but scored a 94-96 APR in any of the tested areas, they are eligible to complete an alternative review (AR).  If your child qualified for AR and you would like them to complete the process, you must email gifted@allenisd.org no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021. 

     

    Phase II testing & AR for qualified, registered students will take place April 17, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.  In-person learners will test at Curtis Middle School and at-home learners will test at Ford Middle School.  Test day details will be emailed to families of registered students the week of April 12, 2021. 

     

    Notification of final testing results will be communicated via Skyward messenger on or about May 18, 2021.  Students who are ultimately identified gifted will begin receiving gifted services during the 2021-2022 school year.  Secondary students (grades 7-12) who have already made course selections will have an opportunity to change their schedules to accommodate gifted coursework. 

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    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 is closed.  The window was Jan 20-24, 2021.
     
     
     
      
     Parent Inventory - click on link below (Must be completed as part of phase II and AR testing)
     

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     Results Notification via Skyward messenger: February 25, 2021
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     2020-2021  Gifted and Talented Assessment Timeline 
     
     
    Date                         Testing/Assessment/Information
    August 17-27          phase II testing for qualified elementary students (completion of 2019-2020 testing)
    September 10         communication of phase II results via Skyward messenger
    November 2-6         kindergarten phase I information
    December 1-11       kindergarten phase I testing 
    January 20             communication of kindergarten phase I results via Skyward messenger
    Jan. 25-Feb. 11       kindergarten phase II & AR testing
    January 26              gifted/talented parent information meeting 
    Jan. 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 window
     
    March 1-5               Kindergarten AIM services begin 
    March 16-22           phase I testing (Grades 1-6)
    March 23                GATE Acacemy parent informational meeting
    Mar. 23-April 5        GATE Academy lottery application window
    April 5                    communication of phase I results (Grades 1-11) via Skyward messenger
    April 5-11                 phase II & AR registration window (Grades 1-11)
    April 17                  phase II & AR testing
    May 18                   communication of phase II results (Grades 1-11) via Skyward messenger
    May 18-28              phase II appeal window (Grades 1-11)
     
     
     

    Resources
     
    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.


    Identification Process

    Referral
    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.

    Assessment
    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.
     

    New Students
    Families of students new to Allen ISD who were identified gifted in their previous school/district, should email scores and/or documents used to determine gifted identification to gifted@allenisd.org.  Once these documents are received, they will be assessed and next 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.

    Selection Criteria

    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.


    Program Timeline & Procedures  

    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 students
                                     Parent 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 year
    Identified kindergarten students begin AIM services
    phase 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




    Furlough/Exit Procedure

    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 s
    tudies 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.

     
     
    GATE Academy @ Vaughan Elementary
     
     GATE  
     

    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. gifted@allenisd.org 

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    Secondary GT Programs
     
    GEMS (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 PreAP 
    Students will explore the elements of 7th and 8th grade Science to expand with depth and complexity using inquiry and innovation.  
     

    PreAP/AP/IB PHOENIX

    Grades 9-12
    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.

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    Gifted & Talented Online Resources
     
     
    Resources for Parents and Teachers of Gifted Children