Testing Information
  • All Kindergarten students are automatically considered for gifted/talented services (Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students 1.5.2R.)
    • Kindergarten students will be screened early December and students who qualify will be tested during the months of January and February.
    • Teachers and parents may refer kindergarten students for testing.  The deadline for referral to participate in the kindergarten testing cycle is December 1.
  • Students in grades 1-12 may be assessed once during any academic year. Please check the DISD website at www.dickinsonisd.org for the assessment timeline.


  • Each student in grades 1 – 12 who is nominated is assessed using instruments determined by the DISD G/T Selection & Review Committee. At least two different types of data, qualitative and quantitative, are used in the identification process. Assessment instruments may include, but are not limited to:
    • Parent Referral
    • Ability Testing
    • Achievement Testing
    • Teacher Perception Inventory
    • Planned Experiences
    • Gifted assessment data from previous years may also be used to make a determination
  • Written parent/guardian permission must be secured for any testing not given to the entire grade level.  This may be done on the Parent Referral Questionnaire/Permission to test letter or another permission to test form. Forms are returned to the Counselor of the attending school and the assessment process begins.
  • The school counselor or other professional who is knowledgeable in the field of gifted education administers any specialized assessment.  Assessments may also be given online.
  • Nominated students are referred to the DISD G/T Selection & Review Committee who gather data and complete the Gifted/Talented Profile sheet for each nominated student.  Committee membership requires completion of thirty foundational hours of training in gifted education and an annual six hour update.
  • Students who miss G/T assessments due to excused absences may attend a make-up assessment or complete assessments during the next G/T assessment scheduled according to the district timeline. 
Fall Identification:  August 22nd - February 1st 


Nominations and review of previously identified G/T students new to DISD or students who participated in home school or private school prior to enrollment in DISD will initiate upon enrollment in a DISD school.  Campuses will request previous G/T identification criteria (if applicable) and the G/T Selection & Review Committee will review to determine if students meet eligibility requirements for identification in DISD.  More assessments may be requested if needed.  Students will be reviewed and assessed within 6-9 weeks of enrollment and recommendations will be communicated to parents in writing.


Nomination for any student to be considered for G/T assessment and possible identification are accepted each fall beginning October 1, 2019.  Students in grades 1-12 may be nominated for testing by a teacher, staff member, a parent or family member, or by him/herself.  Nominations are accepted at any time, but assessment will be in accordance with the published district assessment timeline. (Important Dates Tab)  Parents must complete the G/T Nomination Forms and submit to their student's home campus. (Forms & Resources Tab)

Nominations are due to the campus counselors by November 1, 2019.   All parent documentation is due to campuses by November 1, 2019.  Assessments will be completed by February 1, 2020, and all G/T placement recommendations will be made by March 1, 2020, for placement in the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents will be notified in writing of the placement recommendation.


 Kinder Screening & Assessment:  September 16th - March 1st
 All Kindergarten students are considered for gifted & talented services through a screening assessment administered to all students in grade K during late November/early December.  Students who meet qualifying criteria on this assessment will be recommended for further testing during January and February.  Parents will be notified in writing of student assessment results and placement recommendation by February 12, 2020, and services will begin March 1, 2020.
October 1, 2019 G/T Nomination Window Opens
November 1, 2019 G/T Nominations for Assessment Due
November 1, 2019 Parent Consent for Assessment & Questionnaire Due
February 12, 2020 Kinder Assessment Window Closes
March 1, 2020 Kinder G/T Services Begin
March 1, 2020
Parent Consent for 2020-2021 G/T Participation Due

The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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