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Out of District Initial GT Screening

Students enrolled in private schools or schools who do not offer initial screening for GT identification may participate in GT screening in SAISD. SAISD is not required to provide this screening opportunity, however, we want to identify and serve GT students in our community. The screening will be held in April. Students will be screened at the SAISD Administration Building on two separate days at designated times. In order to complete the screening process, students will need to be present both days. Make up times for missed days will not be offered. Parents/guardians must complete and sign the Parent Information Survey and pay an administration fee of $100 prior to any tests being administered. (Demonstration of financial need may be considered to waive the administrative fee.) The parent or guardian will be notified in writing if the student qualifies for the SAISD Gifted and Talented Program. A Parent Permission to Enroll Form will be sent to the parents/guardians. GT identified students have a campus enrollment choice listed on the Parent Permission to Enroll Form. This form must be returned to the Office of Advanced Academics the Friday before the last day of school (on the SAISD calendar) to be considered for your preferred campus for GT services. GT teachers serve GT identified students at every campus.

Multiple sources are used for GT identification of students in Kindergarten-Grade 5 including:

  1. Parent Information Survey
  2. Grade appropriate achievement test
  3. Grade appropriate ability test
  4. Student Profile

Multiple sources are used for GT identification of students in Grades 6-12 including:

  1. Parent Information Survey
  2. Grade appropriate achievement test
  3. Grade appropriate ability test
  4. Creative Thinking Test
  5. Student Profile

(Please note: SAISD recommends GT screening no more than every two years, e.g. students screened in Kindergarten will be eligible to be screened in second grade, students screened in first grade will be eligible to be screened in third grade, etc. This protects students from the consequences of continual testing with negative results, and decreases instructional time missed due to testing. Student, parent, or teacher requests for GT screening outside of the recommended every other year schedule should include evidence of exceptional ability or achievement through student work samples and/or artifacts, and should be accompanied by a written recommendation from an educator who has instructed the student. The work samples and artifacts should be reviewed by the campus administration and forwarded to the Office of Advanced Academics for review.)