Referrals/Nominations of students to be tested for gifted program services can be done by parents, guardians, community members, staff, students, and/or self. Referrals/nominations are accepted at each campus. All kindergarten students are screened for the program using planned learning experiences, which include critical and creative thinking products, as well as classroom teacher observation. Official assessment of kindergarten students occurs in the early part of spring semester.
Data collected for students assessed for possible participation to the gifted program is from multiple sources:
- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
- Iowa Assessments (Reading) / (Math)
- Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
GT Testing is available in Spanish and in languages other than English. International GT Testing session occurs during the school year for students being assessed in languages other than English.
The campus selection committee is comprised of 3 members; the GT specialist, a counselor, and an administrator. Campus selection committees review student scores to determine whether or not placement in the NISD ALPHA program is appropriate.
Appeals to the campus selection committee’s decision can be made at the campus level. Additional information must be provided to the selection committee as evidence of remarkably high-level ability. Additional documentation may come in the form of outside testing data or a portfolio of student work (submit copies not originals). Campus selection committee members will determine whether the additional information warrants placement in the ALPHA program.
For more information regarding the screening and assessment of students for the gifted program, contact the Northside ISD GT Testing Center at (210) 397-7840 or the GT and Advanced Academics office at (210) 397-8631.