Secondary Level (Grades 6-12)

Screening

SAISD conducts GT testing in grades six through twelve 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.  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 academic teachers are responsible for completing the Purdue Academic Grading Scale 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 Purdue Academic Scale should be compiled by the campus counselor and submitted to the SAISD Advanced Academics Program 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 the 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 they wish their child to be served. The signed form must be returned to the office of Advanced Academic Programs.

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 if the parent or guardian requests their child be served.

Placement

Students in grades 6 – 12 will receive GT services through the Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses. SAISD teachers assigned to these classes will have completed the TEA required 30-hour GT training and annual 6-hour updates.

Additional Information

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

Program Furlough

GT students in grades 6-12 who are not enrolled in at least one Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, or Dual Credit course will be exited from the GT program by the District Selection Committee1 after being furloughed for one year.
Additionally, 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 advanced courses 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 District 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 Academics Program office.

GT students in grades 6-12 who are not enrolled in at least one Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, or Dual Credit course will be exited from the GT program by the District Selection Committee1 after being furloughed for one year.

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.