Gifted and Talented Services and Programs

  • Kelsey Karcher  |  District Coordinator
    Rebekah Griffin  |  Administrative Assistant
    Amy James  |  Instructional Specialist
    Vanessa Norman  |  Testing Specialist
     
     
     
    email us  |  gifted@allenisd.org
    call us  |  972-727-0332

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    What's New?

     


     
      
         
     What's New in Gifted and Talented Services
    Kindergarten Testing 2021-2022 Phase I Gifted and Talented Registration Testing
     2022 Phase II Gifted and Talented and Alternate Review (AR) Registration
     
    GATE Academy  District Gifted and Talented Testing Statement
     
     
    2021-2022 Gifted and Talented Assessment Timeline 
     
     
     Furlough and Exit Request Forms
     
     
    Identification Process 
     
     
     Program Timeline and Procedures 
     
     Elementary GT Programs
     Secondary GT Programs
    Gifted and Talented Online Resources   
     

     
     

    Gifted & Talented Services Information

     Kindergarten Testing

    All Kindergarten student will participate in phase I (aptitude) testing in December 6-13, 2021.  Notification of results will go home via Skyward messenger on January 20, 2022.

    Kindergarten students who meet Phase I criteria are eligible for phase II testing.  Phase II testing will take place on campuses during January 24-Febraury 18, 2022.  

    To register your eligible kindergarten student for phase II or alternative review (AR) testing, please complete both the registration form and parent inventory below.  Please use Google Chrome if possible.  Internet Explorer is not compatible.

    kindergarten phase II & AR registration (Kindergarten phase II registration is currently closed.) 

    parent inventory

    Notification of final results via Skyward messenger: February 24, 2022


    2021-2022 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.  The 2021-2022 meeting will take place via Zoom on January 27, 2022.

    The 2020-2021 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

     

    Allen ISD administers 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 on their home campus during the school day.  Registration for phase I testing for students currently in grades 1-11 will be open January 27, 2022 through Febraury 7, 2022.  Please use Google or another browser as Internet Explorer is not compatible.   If your child is registered to test, you will soon receive more information about the specific date and time of their testing session.
     
    In order to register for testing, students must:
    *be enrolled in and attending an Allen ISD school 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 2021-2022 academic year
      
    Results Notification via Skyward messenger: April 8, 2022  
     
     
     

    Phase II Gifted Testing & Alternative Review (AR) Registration

    Registration for phase II testing will open for qualified students on April 8, 2022 and will close at midnight on April 14, 2022.  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 8, 2022.

     

    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 14, 2022.

     

    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 midnight on Thursday, April 14, 2022. 

     

    Phase II testing & AR for qualified, registered students will take place April 23, 2022.  Test day details will be emailed to families of registered students the week of April 18, 2022. 

     

    Notification of final testing results will be communicated via Skyward messenger on or about May 18, 2022.  Students who are ultimately identified gifted will begin receiving gifted services during the 2022-2023 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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    GATE Academy

    Each year, Allen ISD hosts an informational meeting for parents providing information on the GATE Academy and the lottery process.  This year's meeting will be held via Zoom webinar on March 24, 2022.  The 2020-2021 informational meeting was held via Zoom webinar and took place on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  To see the recording of that meeting, please see the links below.

    recording of Zoom webinar

    presentation slides

    2021-2022 GATE Academy FAQs

     

    The window to apply for a 2022-2023 GATE Academy seat will be open from March 24-April 4, 2022.  To complete an application to the GATE Academy lottery, please go to https://forms.gle/aMVqY4fRMN9ii5wY8.  (currently closed)

    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 2022-2023 school year, they will be eligible for next year's GATE Academy lottery.  

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    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. 

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     2021-2022  Gifted and Talented Assessment Timeline 
     
     
    Date                         Testing/Assessment/Information
     
    November 8-12       kindergarten phase I information sent home
    December 6-13       kindergarten phase I testing (districtwide universal screening, no registration necessary)
    January 20             communication of kindergarten phase I results via Skyward messenger
    January 20-24         kindergarten phase II registration for qualified students
    Jan. 24-Feb. 18       kindergarten phase II & AR testing
    January 27              gifted/talented parent information meeting (Zoom) 
    Jan. 27-Feb. 7         phase I registration open (Grades 1-11) 
    February 8              middle school advanced academics parent meeting (Zoom)
    Febraury 24            notification of final kindergarten results via Skyward messenger
    Feb. 24-Mar. 3        window to appeal kindergarten results
    week of Feb. 28      kindergarten AIM begins for qualified students 
    March 21-29           phase I testing (school day testing at each campus)
    March 24                GATE Acacemy parent informational meeting (Zoom)
    Mar. 24-April 4        GATE Academy lottery application window
    April 8                    communication of phase I results (Grades 1-11) via Skyward messenger
    April 8-14               phase II & AR registration window (Grades 1-11)
    April 21                  GATE Academy lottery notification of selection or waitlist
    April 23                  phase II & AR testing
    May 18                   notification of phase II final results results (Grades 1-11) via Skyward messenger
    May 18-31              phase II appeal window (Grades 1-11)
     
     
     

    Furlough and Exit Request Forms
     
    Please click on the link below to download and complete the form.  
     
     



    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 I Testing:
    Students who register for phase I testing take the online CogAT on their home campus during the school day.  Students who meet district criteria are referred for phase II 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  

    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 Advanced (formerly Pre-AP) 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 Advanced (formerly Pre-AP) 
    Students will explore the elements of 7th and 8th grade science to expand with depth and complexity using inquiry and innovation.  
     

    Advanced (formerly Pre-AP)/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
     
    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.