GT Identification and Assessment Information

  • Purpose:

    The purpose of the gifted identification nomination and screening process is to identify students who perform or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

    1. exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual or creative area; or
    2. excel in a specific academic field

    Eligibility for Gifted Testing:

    All students currently enrolled in Alief Schools are eligible for testing for the gifted programs. Students who are not currently enrolled will not be tested.

    Selection Committee:

    Each campus elects a GT Campus Committee to review the nomination, identification, and selection process, as well as the instructional design and delivery of the program. This committee should be composed of at least three people. Suggested members include an administrator, teacher, counselors, and specialists. Members of the committee must be current in the required GT training.

    Referral Procedures:

    The district will set a referral window each school year.  During this window, students may be referred by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, or themselves. As group test scores become available, campuses will review the data to identify potential students for the program.  Permission to test must be obtained from parents before the screening process may begin.

    Referral window: 

    • Kinder: Universal Screening - No referral needed
    • 1st grade to 11th Grade: September

    Parent Referral and Consent to Test Form: 


    Screening Procedures:

    Screening will be conducted once a year.  Screening results are evaluated by the campus gifted committee before placement is determined.  Summer testing will be provided for students who were not in attendance in an Alief school during the screening window.

    • Quantitative screening tools include, but are not limited to, a measure of cognitive ability (CogAT), academic ability (Iowa Test of Basic Skills), and creativity (Torrance).
    • Qualitative screening tools include, but are not limited to, student work, portfolios, evaluation forms, and observable behaviors.