GIFTED AND TALENTED REFERRAL PROCESS
Important Information about the GT Identification Process
Parent Referral Forms are available on-line at
These forms must be completed by Monday, October 23, 2017. This electronic process for parents is new this year. Parents new to School Mint will need to create a log-in and password and go through the process of "Applying to a School" and the grade applying to is the student's current grade at Hunters Creek Elementary. Feel free to call Andrea Chvatal, 713-251-6000 ext. 6044, for questions.
SBISD implements standardized screening activities in every classroom K-5. These are short, educational activities that teachers will incorporate into their lesson plans. By doing the activities with all students, teachers will be screening all students for possible referral for the GT program. Regardless of performance on these activities, parents may refer their children for the GT program. The assessment of these activities will be combined into one measure to be included in the GT identification process. (Due to Hurricane Harvey we will only have one of these planned experiences this school year only.)
SBISD has developed a two-step identification process to efficiently assess students' needs for the services provided by the Gifted and Talented Program. Level 1 is the first step of the process. Data in Level 1 of the process will be collected for every student referred for the GT program. This step includes collecting data from:
- students through the Planned Experience mentioned above,
- teachers through a standardized behavioral inventory,
- parents through the parent inventory through School Mint on-line
- MAP District Testing (NRT) completed in the classrooms with teachers.
A student must have at least one score that meets the GT standard in Level 1 to continue in the identification process. Students who have no scores meeting the GT standard in Level 1 will not continue in the identification process and will not be tested.
Level 2 is the second step of the identification process. Level 2 includes the administration of nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests. This testing will take place during the school day. The district identification committee will review the data collected for all students who completed Level 2 of the process to determine which students' data indicate the need for GT services.
Honor Scores for Two Years
SBISD will honor test scores for two years, beginning in 1st grade. The publishers of standardized tests clearly indicate that the scores are representative of a student's ability for a two-year period. For this reason, we will honor a student's scores acquired through the GT identification process for two years - this does not include Kindergarten students. Students may be referred each year, but the previous year's test scores will be utilized. Students that were tested last year will not be re-tested again this school year for GT identification.
2017-2018 GT Identification Process Timeline
No late referrals can be accepted due to timeline constraints.
- Level 1 parent notification letters mailed. This letter will be mailed to all parents of students that were referred indicating whether the child will continue in the screening process and take the standardized tests.
January 8-23, 2018
- Window for Level 2 testing of only those students who qualified in Level 1.
February 7th -
Notification to KINDERGARTEN parents regarding Level 2 mailed
- Kindergarten services begin for students who qualified for services
March 6th -
Notification to 1st - 5th GRADE parents regarding Level 2 mailed
- All GT appeals due to counselor
- Appeals notification mailed to parents