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Assessment Process

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

All nominated students grades 1 – 12 shall be assessed each spring. Nominated kindergarten students shall be assessed in January and served by March 1.  The assessment process shall ensure that students with special needs, such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities, are given fair consideration for the G/T program. The campus shall obtain written parental consent before special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the identification process.

A student profile is used to identify those students who perform, or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment relative to their age, peers, experience, or environment. The profile will reflect a total score based on student performance on a minimum of three (3) criteria used in the assessment. The criteria used will be a combination of qualitative and quantitative instruments (grades 1 - 12) and may include but is not limited to: 

(1) A test for grades 1 - 8 that measures ability in language arts/ social studies, and mathematics/science,

(2) A test that measures cognitive ability grades 1-12,

(3) A test that measures thinking for grades K - 12,

(4) Achievement scores on the STAAR Test grades 4 - 12, EOC grades 9-12, PSAT, SAT& ACT where applicable,

            (5) Behaviors Checklist,

(6) A student portfolio grades K - 12 that includes at least three samples of the student’s intellectual, creative, or artistic abilities, or

(7) Other assessments as deemed appropriate by the campus G/T Selection Committee.

In kindergarten, the assessment will be accomplished by using a minimum of three criteria: 

(1)  A test that measures creative thinking,

 (2) A test that measures cognitive ability,

 (3) Behaviors Checklist

 (4) A student portfolio that includes at least three samples of the student’s intellectual, creative, or artistic abilities, or

 (5) Classroom grades, and

 (6) Other assessments as deemed appropriate by the campus G/T Selection Committee.

The criteria shall be specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students with special needs such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities. Written parent permission shall be obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the screening or identification process.