Gifted and Talented

GT Nomination and Screening Process Grades K-2

Students In Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Are Eligible To Be Screened For Gifted And Talented (GT) And Talent Explore (TE) Through A Nomination And Screening Process. All Campuses In Austin ISD Provide Screening, Identification, And Services For Gifted And Talented Students. Additionally, Students Screened For Gifted And Talented Who Are Not Identified For GT Services Are Automatically Considered For Talent Explore.

Talent Explore Identification Is For High Ability Students Who Do Not Qualify For Gifted And Talented But Demonstrate Potential To Perform At High Levels When Grouped With Gifted And Talented Students.

Students May Be Identified Through The Screening Process In One Or More Of The Following Areas: 

  • GT STEM (Science And Mathematics), 
  • GT Humanities (Language Arts And Social Studies), 
  • Talent Explore STEM (Science And Mathematics)
  • Talent Explore Humanities (Language Arts And Social Studies)

The GT Campus Advocate At Bernice Kiker Elementary Is David Crissey And He Can Provide Information And Assistance With The GT Nomination And Screening Process.

In Order For A Student To Be Identified As GT In Austin ISD, Data From Several Quantitative And Qualitative Criteria Are Collected Over A Three-Week Period And Reviewed By The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee.  Please Reference The Timeline Below For More Specific Information.

What Do You Need To Do If You Want Your Child Nominated For The Gifted And Talented Program?

Print The Attached Form Or Get A Copy From The Front Office And Hand It In (Completed) Prior To November 15, 2019.

Fall 2019 GT Identification Timeline For Grades K, 1, And 2

Please Use The Following Timeline As We Proceed Through The Austin Independent School District’s Gifted And Talented Identification Process. Please contact David Crissey For Assistance With The Process.  

November 4 – November 15

Nomination Window For K – 2 Grades – We MUST Have Parent Permission For Testing.

January 13 – February 14

CogAT Testing Window – All Testing Will Be Completed Online.  After Scheduling Students Will Be Pulled From Class For The On-Line CogAT Testing. 

January 13 – February 14

Teacher Observation Of Students And PORTFOLIO COLLECTION.

February 18 – February 28

Campus Decision Making Committee Meetings

March 2

Parent Notification Letters Will Be Mailed Home

The Student Portfolio Will Consist Of The Following Items:

Interdisciplinary Common Assessments – The Classroom Teacher Collects All The Student Work Products Of The Nominated Students For Each Student Portfolio.

Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC

Teachers Complete The Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC For Each Student With Their Grade Level Team And Inputs The Data In The Student’s Common Assessment Google Form.  Administration Will Participate In Each Grade Level Meeting.  

Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers

Teachers Complete The Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers For Each Student And Inputs The Information In The Student’s Gifted Characteristics Checklist Google Form. 

GT Student Identification Profile

This Is A Required Form That Contains All Assessment Data For Each Student Screened For The Gifted Program.  The GT Advocate Will Complete One Profile For Each Student Who Participates In The GT Assessment Process.  The Student GT Profile Helps The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee Make Placement Or Non-Placement Decisions For Each Student Tested.                                            

Parent Observation Checklist_DT 09.08.2017.pdf 

Fall 2019 GT Identification Timeline For Grades 3, 4, And 5

Please Use The Following Timeline As We Proceed Through The Austin Independent School District’s Gifted And Talented Identification Process. Please contact David Crissey For Assistance With The Process.  

September 9 – September 20           

Nomination Window For 3 – 5 Grades – We MUST Have Parent Permission For Testing.

October 14 –  November 8

CogAT Testing Window – All Testing Will Be Completed Online.  After Scheduling Students Will Be Pulled From Class For The On-Line CogAT Testing. 

October 14 –  November 8

Teacher Observation Of Students And PORTFOLIO COLLECTION.

November 11 – December 5

Campus Decision Making Committee Meetings

December 6

Parent Notification Letters Will Be Mailed Home

The Student Portfolio Will Consist Of The Following Items:

Interdisciplinary Common Assessments – The Classroom Teacher Collects All The Student Work Products Of The Nominated Students For Each Student Portfolio.

Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC

Teachers Complete The Common Assessment Scoring RUBRIC For Each Student With Their Grade Level Team And Inputs The Data In The Student’s Common Assessment Google Form.  Administration Will Participate In Each Grade Level Meeting.  

Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers

Teachers Complete The Gifted Characteristics Checklist For Teachers For Each Student And Inputs The Information In The Student’s Gifted Characteristics Checklist Google Form. 

GT Student Identification Profile

This Is A Required Form That Contains All Assessment Data For Each Student Screened For The Gifted Program.  The GT Advocate Will Complete One Profile For Each Student Who Participates In The GT Assessment Process.  The Student GT Profile Helps The Campus GT Decision-Making Committee Make Placement Or Non-Placement Decisions For Each Student Tested.