• 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.

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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. 

    Kindergarten Phase II Registration Testing January 20 - January 24, 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   
    Phase 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) 
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    Testing Information (Grades 1-6)
    Students currently in grades 1-6 will test on Saturday, Febraury 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 Place 
    Curtis Middle School--1530 Rivercrest Blvd
    Testing 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):  March 27, 2020 

    Phase II Final Gifted Testing Registration - April 18, 2020
    Phase II (Achievement) gifted/talented 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 gifted/talented identification 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. 22                   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 

    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 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. 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.

    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.  N
    ew 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.

    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

    March/April: phase II screening for students who met qualification criteria in phase I

    May: alternative review for qualified students
    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
    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.


    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.  

    Gifted & Talented Online Resources
    Resources for Parents & Teachers of Gifted Children
    • National Association for Gifted Children