• Identification & Qualifying Criteria

    Students are provided the opportunity for assessment on an ongoing basis. Students are referred for services by parent, teacher, counselors or other interested parties. Referral information is available on the district website and may also be requested via the campus GT Coordinators. Prior to assessment, referrals are reviewed by a screening committee. This committee may include the principals, assistant principals, counselors, and campus interventionists. The screening committee determines whether the student profile meets district guidelines for continued evaluation. Students are assessed using three or more evaluation instruments, including both quantitative and qualitative measures. Written parental consent must be obtained prior to assessment.

    Referrals

    Per KISD Board Policy EHBB (LOCAL), criteria shall be specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students from all populations, including students with special needs, economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities. Teachers, counselors, and parents may refer a student for GT screening. Referrals are accepted throughout the year. Identification will be based upon review input from teachers, input from parents, and evaluation data.

    Evaluation and identification of referred students in grades K-1 begin in the spring semester with immediate program placement upon identification. All second-grade students are screened during the spring semester of school. Evaluation and identification of referred students in grades 3-6 begins in the fall semester with program placement upon identification. Evaluation and identification of referred 7-12 students will be conducted once per semester with program placement upon identification.

    Screening

    Kindergarten

    Students must meet at least three of the following criteria to proceed with further assessment:

    • Meet or exceed a score of 3.0 on the Renzulli Motivation Scale

    • Meet or exceed a score of one grade level above on MAP Reading universal screener

    • Meet or exceed a score of 90% on most recent reading and/or math common assessment

    Grades 1st – 6th

    Students must meet at least two of the following criteria to proceed with further assessment:

    • Meet or exceed one grade level above in math and/or reading as determined by MAP universal screener;

    • Meet or exceed a score of 3.0 on the Renzulli Motivation Scale

    Grade 2 – Districtwide Screening

    All students enrolled in second grade will participate in the CogAT 8 screener. Students who score 124 or higher will proceed with GT identification assessments. The district guidelines for identification assessment and placement are listed below.

    Identification Assessment & Placement

    Students are assessed using one verbal, one qualitative, and two non-verbal measures.

    • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) – verbal, nonverbal, quantitative

    • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) – nonverbal

    • Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI) - nonverbal

    Students are unconditionally placed when the following criteria has been met:

    • 93rd percentile or a Student Ability Index score of 124 on two of four measures, or

    • 93rd percentile or a Student Ability Index score of 124 on one of four measures and a combined score of 7.0 using a portfolio and parent survey

    Students are placed provisionally at the discretion of the GT Admissions (Selection) Committee, when the following criteria has been met:

    • 89th percentile or a Student Ability Index score of 120 on three of four measures, or

    • 89th percentile or a Student Ability Index score of 120 on two of four measures and a combined score of 7.0 using a portfolio and parent survey

    Admission

    GT Admissions (Selection) Committee is to be comprised of a minimum of three professional educators who have completed (30) hours of GT training and are current with six hour GT training update. Parents and students shall be notified in writing the results of the identification assessment. Written parental consent is required prior to placement in the GT program. Parent consent form is located in the KISD Gifted & Talented Google Drive.

    The campus GT Coordinator will create and maintain a GT documentation file for identified students (see Appendix A for list of required documentation). The campus GT Coordinator will sign off on files when all documentation is complete, and files will be placed in the student cumulative file. Assessment documents for students not identified are kept for a minimum of five years.

    Transfer Students

    When a student is identified as GT by a previous school district and transfers to Kennedale ISD, he/she will be referred for services automatically. The student will be evaluated using Kennedale ISD district criteria within 30 days of enrollment. The campus GT Coordinator will compare previous testing documentation to the Kennedale ISD identification criteria. If the student documentation aligns, the student is admitted into the GT program. If the documentation partially aligns or does not meet the district criteria, the campus GT Coordinator will reevaluate the student in part or in whole. The campus GT Coordinator will make a final determination whether previous district assessments meet local identification criteria. If previous district assessments do not meet KISD criteria the student will be evaluated through the district identification process.