Elementary Level (Grades 1-5)

Screening

SAISD conducts GT testing in grades one through five in November and April of each school year. A parent, teacher and/or campus counselor may initiate the screening process for a student. Requests for GT screening should be initiated prior to the second Friday in October for fall screening and prior to the first Friday in April for spring screening.  Nominations after this deadline will not be considered.  Parent/guardian signatures must be secured on the Parent Information Survey prior to any tests being administered.

The screening tools include:

The Advanced Academic Specialist or other assigned district representative is responsible for administering the CogAT, the ITBS and the Torrance Creative Thinking Test. The student's nominating teacher is responsible for completing the Teacher Perception Inventory and either the nominating teacher or campus counselor is responsible for obtaining the signed Parent Information Survey.

The Student Profile, Parent Information Survey, and the Slocumb-Payne Teacher Perception Inventory should be compiled by the school counselor and submitted to the SAISD Advanced Academics Office.

Selection Process

The packets of students whose screening results reflect superior scores are reviewed by the District Selection Committee1. Students whose results reflect superior scores on numerous indicators, including a preponderance of the primary indicators with support of the secondary indicators are identified as Gifted and Talented. After this review, each counselor will be notified of who did and did not qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program.

Notification

Parent Notification:

The parent or guardian is notified in writing if their child qualifies for the San Angelo ISD Gifted and Talented Program. The parent/guardian of qualifying students are provided with a Parental Permission to Enroll Form which they must use to indicate if and where they wish their child to be served. The signed form must be returned to the Advanced Academics Office.

Campus Notification:

The campus principal and counselor will be notified by email whether the child qualifies or not for the San Angelo ISD Gifted and Talented Program. If the child qualifies for the program, then the principal and counselor will be notified of the qualification and placement option the parent or guardian requests.

Placement Options

Magnet School Grades 1 – 5:

The magnet program provides GT services to identified GT students in grades 1st through 5th at Fort Concho Elementary School. In addition to teaching and mastering the skills of the district curriculum, Ft. Concho's magnet program provides supplemental enrichment activities that nurture the needs of gifted students. Students are given regular opportunities to experience hands-on activities that are designed to not only address, but broaden their interests and compliment their strengths. Students enjoy the opportunity to independently research and study topics of interest, make presentations to their peers, and compete in a city wide competition called TRIYS (Texas Research Institute for Young Scholars). The goal of the program is to provide an enriched and accelerated program that meets the individual needs of our GT students. If the parent or guardian opts to send his or her child to Fort Concho Elementary School, transportation is available to and from the home campus. Teachers assigned to the magnet program have completed the TEA required 30 hour GT training and receive training updates annually.

Magnet School Grades 4 – 5:

The magnet program provides GT services to identified GT students in grades 4 and 5 at Santa Rita Elementary School. In addition to teaching and mastering the skills of the district curriculum, Santa Rita's magnet program provides supplemental enrichment activities that nurture the needs of GT students. Students are given regular opportunities to experience hands-on activities that are designed to not only address, but broaden their interests and compliment their strengths. Students enjoy the opportunity to independently research and study topics of interest, make presentations to their peers, and compete in a city wide competition called TRIYS (Texas Research Institute for Young Scholars). If the parent or guardian opts to send his or her child to Santa Rita Elementary School, transportation is provided to and from the home campus. Teachers assigned to the magnet program have completed the TEA required 30 hours of GT training and receive training updates annually.

Home Campus Grades 1 – 5:

If the parent or guardian of an identified student chooses not to enroll his or her child to the GT magnet program, the student will be placed on their home campus with a teacher who has completed the TEA required 30 hours of GT training and has received training updates annually. The teacher will differentiate instruction to maximize the advanced abilities of the student. GT identified students may also be given the opportunity to participate in a pull-out program for ½ day a week so they may participate in the city-wide research project and competition known as TRIYS (Texas Research Institute for Young Scholars) . This "pull-out" option may be available from the first week of October through the TRIYS competition, usually held in late March or early April.

Additional Information

Because of the nature of the tests administered, a full year must lapse before re-screening can be done.

Program Furlough

All students who are unable to maintain a satisfactory performance within the structure of the Gifted and Talented Program may be placed on furlough by the campus counselor or the District Selection Committee1. The campus counselor or the District Selection Committee1 must fill out the District's furlough form (Appendix A), which must be sent to the Advanced Academics office for approval from the program manager. The purpose of a furlough is to provide the student the opportunity to attain performance
Goals established by the District Selection Committee1. A furlough also may be granted at the request of the parent or guardian. A student may be furloughed for one school year. At the end of the furlough, the student's progress will be reviewed by the District Selection Committee1. At that time, the student may re-enter the GT program or exit completely from the program. It is not recommended that a student remain on a furlough for more than 1 year. Should a student be on furlough more than one or two semesters, it would be very difficult to return to accelerated work and be successful.

Program Exit

Student performance in the Gifted and Talented Program is monitored for satisfactory progress. Before determining removal from the program, a conference with the parent/guardian, school counselor, and the Advanced Academic Specialist must be held. Once this conference takes place, information will be shared with the Selection Committee1 to determine the best placement for the student. If a parent or guardian requests removal from the program, a written request from the parent must be submitted to the District Advanced Academic Program office.

Appeals

A parent or student may appeal any final decision of the District Selection Committee1 regarding selection for or removal from the gifted program. Appeal shall be made first to the District Selection Committee1. Any subsequent appeals shall be made in accordance with FNG (LOCAL) beginning at Level Two.

1The District Selection Committee is composed of at least three educators who have completed thirty hours of training in services for gifted and talented students. The committee meets as needed to review potential gifted and talented students who have been nominated for placement.