Eanes ISD Gifted and Talented Program Process for 2017-2018
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GIFTED AND TALENTED?
The Eanes Independent School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes the special value, needs, and talents of the individual student. Gifted students need a qualitatively differentiated program that provides time for work with other gifted students and time for work on creative self-directed projects. EISD provides appropriate educational services for identified gifted and talented students as part of its overall K-12 program.
The GT program provides a rich curriculum, which develops and reinforces skills in critical and creative thinking, logic and problem solving, divergent thinking, research, and communication.
The focus of the EISD GT Program is to serve students who have instructional needs due to exceptional potential in both intellectual and creative abilities. Because each district has different qualification guidelines, children, including students new to the district, will need to be assessed in order to be recommended for the Eanes ISD Gifted Program.
HOW ARE STUDENTS SERVED? The gifted program incorporates core content areas of science, social studies, math, and language arts within interdisciplinary units of study in the elementary and middle school pullout programs. In high school, students are provided with multiple opportunities through academics (Pre-AP and AP courses), Fine Arts, Engineering, Independent Study Mentorship Program, Robotics, and other programs.
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED? Students are assessed through a formal process. First - 12th grades are assessed during the fall semester, and Kindergarten is assessed during the spring semester. Four or five measures are used:
ability test analytical test (Kinder students only) portfolio of student work (varies by grade level) SIGS form completed by teacher SIGS form completed by parent
A Campus GT Instructional Needs Committee meets to review all of the data and determine services. The committee may request additional information such as a portfolio of student work, and/or an additional critical thinking assessment in order to determine how best to meet the student’s needs. Information from private testing is considered, however, scores from private testing do not supplant scores received through Eanes ISD testing. Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans will be taken into consideration.
Appeals: A parent/guardian, student, or educator may request an appeal of the Campus Committee’s decision within 30 days of the date of notification. Parents may initiate an appeal by completing an appeal form after they have met with the campus GT Specialist.
Furlough: Upon written request of the parent/guardian, a student may be granted a leave of absence from Gifted & Talented services. A furlough may be granted for reasons such as class schedule conflicts, student illness, serious illness or death of a family member, and short term relocation of the family.
Exiting Procedures: Exiting of students from the Gifted & Talented program is based on multiple criteria including student performance in the program. Exiting is finalized by committee decision after consultation with parents and students regarding the most appropriate educational placement.
Transfer Students: A student receiving Gifted & Talented services from another district that transfers to Eanes ISD may complete a Referral Form. Once the Referral Form is received by the campus, the student will be assessed following Eanes ISD GT guidelines. Placement decisions will be made within six weeks of receiving the Referral Form.
WHAT IS THE GT PROCESS FOR NEW STUDENTS TO THE DISTRICT NOT ALREADY IDENTIFIED IN PRIOR SCHOOL DISTRICT?
All students will have the opportunity to be assessed for GT during the next assessment period.
WHAT IS THE GT PROCESS FOR 1ST - 12TH GRADE? April - August:
Notification for GT referral process and parent meeting will go out through district and campus communication. The assessment process is open to all students. Parents, staff members, and students themselves may initiate a request to be assessed for the GT Program, however parents are required to complete the online Consent for Assessment Form in order for their child to be assessed. Parent information meetings will be conducted on April 24, 2017 at Hill Country Middle School at 6 PM and on August 23, 2017, at the WHS Performing Arts Center at 6 PM. Parents are encouraged to attend one of these informational meetings. Once a student is referred, parents must complete the online Consent for Assessment Form and submit it by the deadline in order for the assessment process to begin. The online consent form can be found on district & campus websites. The consent form will be available May 1, 2017, at 8 AM through May 31, 2017, at 5:00 PM AND August 1, 2017, at 8 AM through August 31, 2017, at 5:00 PM.
September: Students will be given the ability assessment on September 9, 2017 at Valley View Elementary. Click Here to access the September 9, 2017 Assessment Schedule. Students needing to make-up the OLSAT assessment will take it on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Valley View Elementary. Parents will complete a Scales for Identifying GT Students (SIGS) form by September 22, 2017. All assessments and portfolio work will be completed at the campus.
October: Letters will be mailed home by October 31, 2017. Students qualifying for GT services will enter the program in early November 2017.
November: A parent/guardian, student, or educator may request an appeal of the Campus Committee’s decision by November 30, 2017. Parents may initiate an appeal by completing an appeal form after they have met with the campus GT Specialist.
December: District appeals committee will meet to review appeals and letters will be mailed home by December 22, 2017.
WHAT IS THE GT PROCESS FOR KINDERGARTEN?
October - December:
The assessment process is open to all students through a referral system. Students may be referred by parents, staff members, or themselves. Notification will go out through district and campus. The online consent form can be found on district & campus websites. Parent information meeting will be conducted on November 6, 2017, at WHS Performing Arts Center at 6 PM. Parents are encouraged to attend the informational meeting. Once a student is referred, parents must complete the online Consent for Assessment Form and submit it by the deadline in order for the assessment process to begin. The online consent form can be found on district & campus websites. The consent form will be available November 1, 2017, at 8 AM. The deadline to submit the consent form is November 21, 2017, at 5:00 PM
January: Parents will complete a Scales for Identifying GT Students (SIGS) form by January 15, 2018. All assessments and portfolio work will be completed at the campus.
February: Letters will be mailed home by February 28, 2018. Students qualifying for GT services will begin early March 2018.