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Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadlines for Gifted & Talented Program

Beginning in November, parents of Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2012-2013 gifted and talented program. To initiate a referral, parents must complete a Parent Checklist. Checklists may be obtained at all elementary, junior high and high school campuses or from the Katy ISD website at katyisd.org/GT.  Parents of students in grades 1-4 must complete the Elementary Parent Checklist.  Parents of students in grades 6-11 must complete the Secondary Parent Checklist.

Parents who are interested in referring their children for the gifted program are also invited to attend a “GT Program Awareness” session on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in Room 1200 at the Katy ISD Administration Building located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane (behind Katy High School). Enter through the second set of doors (facing the I-10 freeway) marked “Staff Development.”

Parent Checklists for students in grades 1-4 must be completed and returned to the elementary school office by the district-wide deadline of December 14, 2011. Secondary Parent Checklists for students in grades 6-11 must be returned to the junior high or high school office by January 13, 2012.  These deadlines will be adhered to so that students can be tested on designated testing days.  Students whose Parent Checklists are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2012-2013 school year.  Screening instruments include the parent checklist, classroom observations, standardized ability and achievement tests. Elementary students may also take an intelligence test.

The State of Texas requires that multiple objective and subjective measures be used to identify students for gifted programs.

The program for elementary students consists of a one-day-a-week pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.

The program for secondary students (grades 6 through 12) is a subject specific aptitude program that targets the language arts, math, social studies and science disciplines.

Secondary students may be referred for screening in one, two, three or all four content areas. After identification, students are served within the Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP programs. Secondary students currently identified as GT may request screening for service in additional content areas. Requests must be made to GT Facilitator by January 13, 2012.

Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or secondary G/T facilitators if they have additional questions. Students already identified and experiencing success in the G/T program do not need to be re-screened.

Transfer students who were screened in fall 2011 must wait one full academic year before they can be re-screened.

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