• Gifted and Talented Services and Programs
    Kelsey Karcher - District Coordinator
    Amy James      - Instructional Specialist
    Rebekah Griffin - Administrative Assistant
    Email us @: gifted@allenisd.org
    612 E. Bethany Drive
    Allen, TX 75002
    972-727-0332 phone
    972-727-0434 fax

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    Gifted & Talented Program and Assessment Information
    What's New 2019-2020  AISD Gifted and Talented?
    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 

    GT Middle School Programming Options 2019-2020

    To enhance and extend our gifted middle school programming, we will work to retool and refine our GT Humanities courses for 7th and 8th grades at all middle school campuses.  Our learning environment and instructional design will integrate deeper collaboration, creativity and connections for our gifted students.

    To expand our services, we will offer GT Science 7th and 8th for 2019-2020 to foster deeper problem solving, innovation and STEM experiences for our gifted students.  

    We are excited about the continuation and exploration of innovative and meaningful experiences for our gifted students. 

    Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting, January 22, 2020 6:30 PM at Lowery Freshman Center auditorium

    Kindergarten Phase II Registration Testing January 27 - February 7, 2020

    All 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. 
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    Results Notification (mailed on or about): February 27, 2020

    Phase I Gifted and Talented Registration Testing February 29, 2020   
    Phase I (aptitude) registration will open January 23 - February 13, 2020.
    Phase I (aptitude) testing is for students in grades 1-11.  Students are eligible to test every two years at elementary.  Typically, students test
    grades K,  2, 4, and 6 or every two years. Students at the secondary level may test annually.  
    Phase I Testing Registration OPENS Jan. 23 - Feb. 13, 2020 (click on title)
    (no late registrations accepted) 
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    Testing Information: Saturday, February 29, 2020
    Begins at 9:00 am 
    Approximately 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours 
    Grades 1-3 @ Ford Middle School 630 Park Place 
    Grades 4-11 @ Curtis Middle School  - 1530 Rivercrest Blvd
    Results Notification (mailed on or about):  March 27, 2020 

    Phase II Final Gifted Testing Registration - April 18, 2020
    Phase II (Achievement) Final Gifted testing is for students who met Phase I (Aptitude) criteria. Please complete registration prior to April 15, 2020.
    Please complete registration and Parent Inventory for your student to 
    participate in Phase II Final Gifted testing.
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    Spring 2020 Phase II FINAL GT Registration March 27 - April 8, 2020 (click on title)
    Parent Inventory Phase II Registration March 27 - April 8, 2020 (click on title)
    A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.  
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    April 18, 2020 Phase II FINAL GT Testing 
    • 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.
    Results Notification (mailed on or about): May 18, 2020
     2019-2020  Gifted and Talented Assessment Timeline 
    Date                         Testing/Assessment/Information
    Nov. 5-9                 Kindergarten Phase I Testing Information
    Dec. 3-Dec. 16        Kindergarten Phase I Testing 
    Jan. 17                   Kindergarten Phase I Results
    Jan. 23                   GT Informational Parent Meeting 
    Jan. 23-Feb. 13       Phase I Registration Opens 
    Jan. 27-Feb. 7         Kindergarten Phase II Testing
    Feb. 10-14              Kindergarten Alternative Review Testing
    March 26                GATE Academy Parent Meeting 
    Feb. 27                   Notification of Kindergarten Results/Placement
    March 2-6               Kindergarten Gifted Services begin
    Feb. 29                   Phase I Testing
    March 27                Phase I Results 
    April 18                  Phase II Testing
    May 18                   Phase II Results
    May 4-7                 Alternative Review Testing
    May 18                   Alternative Review Results 

    GT Identification 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.

    Identification Process

    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 2-11. 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 July assessment will focus on screening new secondary AISD students only.  New elementary and secondary 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 February 29th 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 (Achievement) completes final gifted screening. The May assessment will focus on screening for any student who previously participated in Phase I (Aptitude) and request Alternative Review, an additional aptitude opportunity.  Students who are identified during spring assessments will begin services in August of the next school year.

    New Students
    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.
    Additional new students who have previously been in a gifted program and who are enrolled in AISD by the start of school will be screened during the September 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.

    Selection Criteria

    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:

    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 One (aptitude) complete final testing with administration of Phase II (achievement) 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 
    every two years (or sequence equivalent to every two years). 
    It is suggested that secondary in grades 7-11 test alternating years.

    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.

    Alternative Review offers an alternative aptitude to students who scored extremely close on Phase I, but did not meet district criteria for further screening. Eligibility for screening is offered to those students who score at 94, 95, or 96 Age percentile in an aptitude tested area.  Please contact Gifted and Talented office for further information and registration. All requests must be submitted during current school year when Phase I test occurs. Alternative requests must be received 10 days after you receive your student's Phase I results.

    Students who participate in the Alternative Review process are not eligible for an appeal.  Students who complete both Phase I and Phase II testing and do not meet placement may appeal final decision to the district gifted office.  Form listed above under Resources.

    Program Timeline & Procedures  

    July:  AISD new students screened. September/October:Additional new student screening at end of first six weeks for new students who have previously been identified for a gifted program in another district/state.  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.

    December:  Prescreen all Kindergarten students for GT program consideration.

    January/February: Assessment and placement for Kindergarten students.
                                     Parent informational meetings.
                                     Referral registration available online.

    February:    (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): Achievement and Critical/Creative Portfolio

    May: Alternative Review Screening (additional aptitude opportunity)

    GT placements decisions

    July: Summer testing new AISD students

    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-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 through graduation.

    Elementary GT Programs

    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 thinking.  AIM classrooms will focus on STEM Problem Based Learning unit integration along with current curriculum.

    Kindergarten service begins in March of the year of identification.

    Students who qualify during a spring assessment begin service the following school year.

    GATE Academy @ Vaughan Elementary
    The GATE Academy will serve grades 1-6.  All currently identified gifted students in grades K-5 will be eligible to apply to become a part of the lottery process.
    Important Dates:  GATE Lottery Selection Application will open March 26 - April 3, 2020  for selection of rising 1st grade students and open seats where applicable.   
    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.
    GT Reading 7 PreAP
    For identified GT students.  Course will focus on “Leadership in Literacy.”
    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.  


    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 & Teachers of Gifted Children
    • National Association for Gifted Children