• Fall Evaluation Timeline

  • Students eligible for fall evaluation
    • Currently enrolled FBISD students in grades K-11.
    • Students who are not identified for gifted and talented services in FBISD in any content area.

    Referral

    • The online referral window will be available beginning August 17, 2020, on the GT Home Page.
    • To submit a referral, the parent/guardian must use the online referral app. Use this link to access the GT Online Referral App.
    • Referrals must be submitted online by the September 30, 2020 deadline. Exceptions will not be made.
    • Parent/guardian must consent to have the student tested if a staff member referred the student (parent/guardian will be contacted by the campus GT Counselor). 

    Assessment

    • The cognitive abilities test used is the CogAT 7. Subtests administered are Non-Verbal, Verbal, and Quantitative.
    • The testing window is October 26 - November 20, 2020 (for all grades except 2nd - please see the 2nd grade Cognitive Abilities Testing page for more information).
    • Students test during school hours. 
    • Teachers must complete a School Rating Scale (SIGS) for referred students.
    • Parents are asked to complete a Home Rating Scale (SIGS) provided by the campus GT counselor between October 26 - November 17, 2020

    Identification Process

    • Assessment scores, School Rating Scale, and Home Rating Scale (SIGS) scores are plotted on the Gifted and Talented Identification Profile. 
    • The Campus Selection Committee convenes to review results and verify accurate student profiles.
    • All student profiles are verified by District GT staff.
    • Students who are identified typically meet the following criteria:
      • Non-Verbal test score in gifted/high ability range AND;
      • Verbal OR Quantitative score in gifted/high ability range.
      • Rating scales do not keep students from being identified.
      • Rating scales serve the purpose of providing additional information for students with at least one test score in range.
    • All members of the Campus Selection Committee have been trained in gifted education and specifically in identifying students needs for the education services provided by the FBISD GT Program.
    • Students are identified for services in specific content areas: English Langauge Arts and Social Studies and/or Math and Science.

    Notification

    • Parents are notified in writing of the Campus Selection Committee's decision.
    • Notification letters will be sent home in late February, 2021.
    • Parents are advised of their right to appeal the Campus Selection Committee's decision and the process for requesting an appeal.

    Appeals

    • Parents must appeal using the appeal application located in Skyward within ten school days, as indicated on the notification letter.
    • Appeals meetings take place on the campus, and the parent is invited to attend and speak to the committee.
    • The Campus Appeals Committee responds with its decision in writing within ten school days of the meeting.