Fall Testing

  • Nomination

    • Nominations will be available online beginning August 14, 2019 
    • To submit a nomination, the parent/guardian must use their Family Access username and password. 
    • Forms should be submitted online by the September 30, 2019 deadline. No exceptions.
    • Parent/Guardian must consent to have the student tested, if a staff member nominates the student. 
    • Students must be enrolled in FBISD and in grades K - 12. 
    • Students identified for GT services (including grade 2) in Math/Science OR ELA/SS may be nominated during the SPRING window.
    • Students identified for GT services in all areas in FBISD may not be nominated.

    Assessment / Testing

    • The cognitive abilities test used is the CogAT 7. 
    • Testing window is October 28 - November 8, 2019 (for all grades except 2nd).
    • Testing window for 2nd grade is October 21 - 25. 
    • Students test during school hours. 
    • Teachers must complete a School Rating Scale for nominated students.
    • Parents are asked to complete a Home Rating Scale provided by the counselor between December 2, 2019 and December 13, 2019

    Identification/Eligibility

    • Test scores and rating scale scores are plotted on the Gifted and Talented Identification Profile. 
    • The Campus Selection Committee convenes to make identification decisions
    • 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 serve the purpose of providing additional information for students with at least one test score in range.
        • Rating scales do not keep students from being identified
    • 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.

    Notification

    • Parents are notified in writing of the Campus Selection Committee's decision
    • Notification letters will be sent home in February 2020
    • Parents are advised of their right to appeal

    Appeals

    • Parents must appeal using the online GT appeal application within ten school days as indicated on the notification letter
    • The Campus Appeals Committee responds with their decision in writing within ten school days of the meeting