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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 throughout the fall semester and students who qualify will be tested during the months of January and February.
  • Students in grades 1-12 may be assessed once during any academic year. Please check the DISD website at 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 campus GT Liaison 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. 
Students New to DISD

Referrals 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 and 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.


GT Assessment Timeline

Referral for any student to be considered for G/T assessment and possible identification are accepted each fall beginning October 1.  Students in grades K-12 may be referred for testing by a teacher, staff member, a parent or guardian, or by him/herself. Referrals 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 Referral Forms and submit form online. (Forms & Resources Tab)

Referrals are due by the last date of the referral window.  Assessments will be completed in the spring each year, and all G/T placement recommendations will be made the end of April, for placement in the fall.  Parents will be notified in writing of the placement recommendation.


Kinder Screening & Assessment
All Kindergarten students are considered for gifted & talented services through screening assessments administered to all students in grade K beginning in September.  Students who meet qualifying criteria from screening assessments will be recommended for further testing following scoring of screenings.  Parents will be notified in writing of student assessment results and placement recommendation and services for Kinder G/T students will begin March 1 each year.

Kindergarten Screening

September - November

Kindergarten Assessment and Evaluation

November - February

Parent Notification

Beginning of March

2nd Grade Screening


2nd Grade Assessment and Evaluation

January - March

Parent Notification

End of April

Parent Referrals to request GT testing (Gr 1st - 11th)

October 1 - November 1

Assessment and Evaluation

January - April

Parent Notification

End of April

Identification & Referral Forms
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