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Gifted and Talented Services and Programs
Barbara Hinton  - Coordinator
Vicky Scott - Administrative Assistant
Email us @:
612 E. Bethany Drive
Allen, TX 75002
972-727-0332 phone
972-727-0434 fax

Camp Invention 2016


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Gifted & Talented Program and Assessment Information
What's New 2016-2017  AISD Gifted and Talented?
After the start of school, only those students who were previously identified will be eligible for review for gifted consideration.  Please contact us for further information. 
 Phase II Final Testing Registration will open April 12 - April 21, 2017.  This is for students who met Phase I ONLY.
April 22, 2017 Phase II FINAL GT Testing 
  • Eligible students report to Curtis Middle School located at 1530 Rivercrest Blvd.
  • Only students who met Phase I CogAT criteria are eligible to participate in Phase II testing.
  • Testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM and takes approximately two to two and one-half hours.
Phase II Results Notification will be mailed on or about: May 17, 2017
Phase I CogAT Results Notification Mailed on or about:  April 12, 2017 
GATE Academy Lottery Selection Notification will be mailed on April 13, 2017.  GATE web site.
Gifted and Talented Parent Meeting: January 24, 2017 @ Curtis 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.  
Click here to view presentation 
This meeting is for new and interested students/parents to find out more information regarding identification, assessment and programs.  

Kindergarten Phase II Registration Testing January 30 - February 8, 2017

All Kindergarten students participated in Phase I CogAT testing in November 29 - December 12, 2016.  Kindergarten students who met CogAT criteria and received a referral letter from the Gifted department are eligible for Phase II testing.  Phase II testing will take place on campuses during Jan. 30 - Feb. 8.

A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate. 
Results Notification: March 1, 2017

Phase I CogAT Registration Testing March 18, 2017   
Phase I CogAT registration will open January 24 - February 17, 2017.
Phase I CogAT testing is for students in grades 1-11.  Typically, students test in grades 2, 4, and 6 or every two years. Students at the secondary level may test annually.  
CogAT Phase I Registration OPENS Jan. 24 - Feb. 17 (no late registrations accepted) CLOSED
Testing Information: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Begins at 9:00 am 
Approximately 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours 
Grades 1-3 @ Ford Middle School 630 Park Place 
Grades 4-11 @ Curtis Middle School  - 1530 Rivercrest Blvd
Results Notification:  April 12, 2017 

Phase II Final Gifted Testing Registration - April 22, 2017
Phase II Final Gifted testing is for students who met Phase I CogAT criteria. Please complete registration by April 21.
Please complete registration and Parent Inventory for your student to 
participate in Phase II Final Gifted testing.
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A parent inventory MUST be completed for students to participate.  
April 22, 2017 Phase II FINAL GT Testing 
  • Eligible students report to Curtis Middle School located at 1530 Rivercrest Blvd.
  • Only students who met Phase I CogAT criteria are eligible to participate in Phase II testing.
  • Testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM and takes approximately two to two and one-half hours.
Results Notification: May 17, 2017
 2016-2017  Gifted and Talented Assessment Timeline 
Date                Testing/Assessment/Information
Nov. 7-11 -  Kindergarten CogAT Testing Information
Nov. 29-Dec. 12 - Kindergarten CogAT Testing 
Jan. 19-20 - Kindergarten CogAT Results
Jan. 24 - GT Informational Parent Meeting 
Jan. 24-Feb. 17 - Phase I CogAT Registration Opens 
Jan. 30-Feb. 8 - Kindergarten Phase II Testing
Feb. 9-13 - Kindergarten Alternative Review Testing
March 14 - GATE Academy Parent Meeting 
March 1-2 - Notification of Kindergarten Results/Placement
March 13-17 - Kindergarten Gifted Services begin
March 18 - Phase I CogAT Testing
April 12 - Phase I CogAT Results 
April 22 - Phase II Testing
May 17 - Phase II Results
May 24-26 - Alternative Review Testing
June 7 - Alternative Review Results 
CogAT Form 7Click to visit CogAT 7 testing information


AISD Appeal Request Form (This is for students who complete Phase II ONLY)
AISD Furlough Request Form
AISD Exit Request Form
Getting into GT 
GT Identification Flow Chart
Texas Performance Standards Project Brochure

“Gifted and Talented” student means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for
performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age,
experience, or environment and who exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative,
or artistic area, possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, or excels in a specific academic field.
Allen ISD mission is to provide an enriched, rigorous, academic curriculum for identified gifted students.

Identification Process

Students are referred for gifted program based on prescreen data, or referred due to
new student status. District wide screening for K is administered in December/January. District wide aptitude screening is offered in February/March for grades 2-11. Online registration is available January - March. Kindergarten students are referred based on prescreen data during the month of January. All students who are referred are screened for eligibility. Written parental consent is obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the identification process.

Screening & Assessment
District-wide screening will be conducted annually. Major assessments will be conducted in August, October, February, March, April and May.

The August assessment will focus on screening new AISD students only.  New students who did not participate in summer screening will be screened at end of first six weeks for gifted consideration if they were previously identified for a gifted program in former district.
The December/February assessment will focus on Kindergarten. Services for identified Kindergarten students begin March 1st of the same school year.
The March assessment, Phase I will offer aptitude screening for students considering gifted. Students are eligible for screening every two years at the elementary level.  The April assessment, Phase II completes final gifted screening. The May assessment will focus on screening for any student who previously participated in CogAT and request Alternative Review, an additional aptitude opportunity.  Students who are identified during spring assessments will begin services in August of the next school year.

New Students
During August, students who are new to AISD and have previously been identified for a gifted program in another district/state will be screened for placement in the AISD Gifted and Talented program. New students who have not previously been in a gifted program and who are enrolled in the AISD before the start of school
will also be screened during the August screening/assessment. Students not previously in a gifted program or who attended a school where there was not a gifted and talented program available and enroll in the AISD after the start of school will be screened during the Spring assessment.

Selection and Placement
The District Selection Committee which includes the district Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Campus gifted facilitators, Campus regular education teachers, administrators, and other professional educators, make the final decision on student identification/placement into the program.

District Selection Committee

Responsibilities of the District Selection Committee may include:
1. To include classroom teachers, gifted specialist teachers, campus administrators and district coordinator.
2. Assists with policy and procedure updates.
3. Assists with admittance and review of selected students.

Selection Criteria

Students must meet the minimum criteria set by the District Selection Committee in order to be selected for participation in the AISD Gifted and Talented program.
Referred/Nominated students will be selected based on both quantitative and qualitative measures. Examples and criteria:

AISD District Criteria:

CogAT -97 Age NPR or above
ITBS – 97 PR or above
Critical/Creative Thinking Portfolio - 4
Parent/Teacher Inventory - 4

Phase One Testing:
Students are administered a CogAT either through district wide administration or "open testing" in March. Student who meet district criteria are referred for final "Phase Two" testing.

Phase Two Testing:
Students who meet CogAT (aptitude) district criteria complete final testing with administration of ITBS (reading and math grades K-5) and (reading and usage/expression grades 6-11) and a creative critical thinking exercise. In addition, a parent/teacher inventory is evaluated for placement.

AISD screens all kindergarten students annually for gifted consideration. Research states that standardized test scores are valid for two years. Students are eligible to test again in grade 2, 4, 6 
every two years (or sequence equivalent to every two years). 
It is suggested that secondary in grades 7-11 test alternating years.

An observation inventory is used for teachers and parents to rate students on observed traits that are characteristic of gifted and talented students. Portfolios are samples of student products grades K-2.   Each year the Gifted and Talented office selects activities designed to stimulate open-ended and creative critical thinking. Grades 3-11, students respond to writing prompt and are scored holistically for purpose, organization, elaboration, depth and complexity.

Alternative Review offers an alternative aptitude to students who scored extremely close on CogAT, but did not meet district criteria for further screening. Eligibility for screening is offered to those students who score at 94 Age percentile in a CogAT tested area.  Please contact Gifted and Talented office for further information and registration. All requests must be submitted during current school year when CogAT test occurs. Alternative requests must be received 10 days after you receive your student's CogAT results.

Students who participate in the Alternative Review process are not eligible for an appeal.  Students who complete both Phase I and Phase II testing and do not meet placement may appeal final decision to the district gifted office.  Form listed above under Resources.

Program Timeline & Procedures  

August:  AISD new students screened.September/October:Additional new student screening at end of first six weeks.  Students not previously in a gifted program or who attended a school where there was not a gifted and talented program  available and enroll in the AISD after the start of school will be screened during the spring assessment.

December:  Prescreen all Kindergarten students for GT program consideration.

January/February: Assessment and placement for Kindergarten students.
                                 Parent informational meetings.
                                 Referral registration available online.

March:        (Phase I)
Aptitude screening available for GT consideration.
Identified Kindergarten students served in AIM program.
Referral registration available online for students who meet district aptitude screening criteria.

April (Phase II Final Screening): ITBS and Critical/Creative Portfolio

May: Alternative Review Screening (additional aptitude opportunity)

GT placements decisions

July: Summer testing new AISD students

Furlough/Exit Procedure

A furlough may be granted at the request of a teacher and/or campus committee, student (K-12) and/or parent. A student may be furloughed for a period of time deemed appropriate by the selection committee, but a furlough will last no longer than the current school year. At the end of the current school year, the student’s progress shall be reviewed and the student may re-enter the Gifted and Talented program, or exit the program. Any student who exits the program must retest for re-entry. It is strongly recommended that a student furlough at the end of the first grading period or at semester only. 

If a student furloughs at any time during the school year that suffices one time opportunity. 

Students identified as gifted and talented may be exited from the Gifted and Talented program according to the following guidelines. All students who exit the Gifted and Talented program, including those identified as gifted and talented, shall be re-screened in order to re-enter the program.

Elementary: A student may furlough once K-6.
Middle School: A student may furlough once 7-8.

Secondary: Identified student may chose the Gifted course or other option and will maintain gifted status through graduation.

Elementary GT Programs

AIM Grades K - 6
The AIM program provides a homogeneous grouping of identified elementary (K-6) gifted and talented students that is designed to maximize their potential through in-depth and complex exploration of interdisciplinary studies not included in the mainstream classroom. AIM is a pull-out program where students are clustered in a classroom with a gifted and talented specialist teacher. The AIM curriculum challenges students to develop and apply their talents through a variety of integrated, multidisciplinary learning activities and projects. AIM curriculum serves to integrate Language Arts/Social Studies and Science/Math through a rigorous, relevant, and enriched extension of the regular classroom. AIM classroom activities focus on logic, problem solving, higher order thinking skills, critical and creative thinking.  AIM classrooms will focus on STEM integration along with current curriculum.

Kindergarten service begins in March of the year of identification.

Students who qualify during a spring assessment begin service the following school year.

GATE Academy @ Vaughan Elementary
The GATE Academy will serve grades 1-6 for 2017-2018.  All currently identified gifted students in grades 1-5 will be eligible to apply to become a part of the lottery process.
Important Dates:  GATE Lottery Selection Application will open March 14-31 for selection of rising 1st grade students and open seats where applicable.   
Secondary GT Programs
GT Humanities-Grades 7-8
These courses are available at each middle school campus for identified gifted and talented students. Each course is a two period class which grants credit in both Social Studies and English/Language Arts.
GT Reading 7 PreAP
For identified GT students.  Course will focus on “Leadership in Literacy.”


Grades 9-12
As a humanities-based course, Phoenix offers gifted and talented students in grade 9-12 a forum for furthering their writing, analysis and strong reading skills.  In the company of peers with similarly complex and divergent levels of thinking, Phoenix students explore literature and its connection to critical ideas, historical influences, and current events. 

Phoenix students are prepared for and encouraged to take the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exams in Language and Literature at the end of their junior and senior years, since the course incorporates AP standards and terminology. 


Identified students may choose to participate in IB/GT ELA III and IV as part of the International Baccalaureate program.


At Camp Invention, we foster BIG ideas! As children dream, build and make discoveries, they will have a chance to invent a prototype from scratch and explore geometry from a new angle when they create origami flight models during team-building exercises. Their inventiveness will come to life while spending time in the innovation laboratory, investigating circuits and taking on a nature-inspired design challenge.
Online registration opens Feb. 7, 2017 9:00 AM on Camp Invention site.  
 Camp Invention
AISD will not be hosting Invention Project summer 2017.  Check web site for other local areas to attend.   

We’re calling on young innovators to team up, turn heads and take on the challenge.
Invite your friends or make new ones as you collaborate to bring inventions to life, build prototypes and learn real-world skills in fun, high-energy activities. 
By the end of your experience, you’ll understand the business of inventing, from prototype to product launch.
 Invention Project

Gifted & Talented Online Resources
Resources for Parents & Teachers of Gifted Children

High Achiever vs. Gifted
The high achieving child…

Knows the answers.
Is interested.
Pays attention.
Works hard.
Answers questions.
Enjoys same-age peers.
Is good at memorizing.
Learns easily.
Listens well.
Is self-satisfied.
The gifted child…

Asks the questions.
Is extremely curious.
Gets involved mentally and physically.
Plays around, still gets good scores.
Questions the answers.
Prefers adults or older children.
Is good at guessing.
Is bored. Already knew answers.
Shows strong feelings and opinions.
Is highly critical of self (perfectionist).