GT Nomination and Testing
Testing for gifted and talented can be stressful and time consuming for your child and expensive for the district so please consider this step carefully.
New to the District Grades 1-4 (Fall Only):
TISD GT testing for 1st -4th grades (students just moving into TISD district) takes place in the Fall Semester. Nomination window ends mid- Sept. Testing results are delivered in writing to parents mid-October. Parents need to be aware that if their student is tested in the Fall semester but does not qualify, then their student may not be tested again until the Spring of the next year. Parents may opt to have their student tested during the Nomination window for the following Spring, as it will allow your child more time to acclimate and feel secure with their new environment. The decision is yours,but realize that once tested this Fall, you will need to wait till the following year (1 1/2 year) in the Spring to be eligible for retesting. Nomination form for Transfer students. Eligible students must not have had GT testing within the past 9 months.
Kindergarten Screening and Testing (Early Spring)
T.I.S.D. GT testing for Kindergarten is as follows:
All kindergartners will be pre-screened using district criteria to determine if GT testing is recommended. If further testing is recommended, a letter of permission to test will be sent home. Nominations will be accepted beginning in early December till the deadline mid-January.
-Kindergarten GT Testing will begin the week of January 19th. Students may be pulled for testing on any day until the close of the testing window. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, eats well and is ready for school each day. You will not be given a schedule of your child's testing days as testing is sometimes conducted over a period of several days, using a variety of assessments, and coordinated with various class schedules.
-Kindergarten GT testing window will close by February 22nd and all kindergarten GT testing must be completed by this date.
-Parents will be notified of the test results in writing after our District GT Selection Committee meets in early March, 2016.
-To qualify for Gifted and Talented services a student must score at least a 128 or above on a GT ability test. In Kindergarten, the ability test will used is typically the NNAT2. In addition, they must score at least a 95% or higher on the Stanford Achievement test for at least one area - reading, math, or environment in K-2nd grades, science or social sciences for 3rd and 4th grades.
- Qualified Kindergarten students will begin GT services March, 2016 following the GT Selection Committee Meeting.
In-District for Grades 1-4 (Spring Testing)
Beginning in January, Parents and Teachers may nominate students for GT testing. Eligible students must not have had GT testing within the past 9 months. The deadline to nominate is March 11th, 2016. No nominations will be accepted after the deadline.
If you would like to nominate your child for GT testing this Spring and your child has not received Ability and Achievement testing within the last 9 months then you may complete the following nomination form and submit it to your child's teacher. Parent permission is needed prior to GT testing.
T.I.S.D. Gifted and Talented Spring testing will take place from March 21st to early May.
-GT Testing will begin the week of March 21st. Students may be pulled for GT testing on any day until the close of the testing window in May. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, eats well and is ready for school each day. You will not be given a schedule of your child's testing days so please be prepared.
-Parents will be notified of results by letter after the District Selection Committee meets in mid-May. Students that were GT tested in the Fall of 2015 are not eligible for GT testing this Spring.
-In order to be eligible for GT testing a student can NOT have received GT testing within the past 9 months.
-To qualify for Gifted and Talented services a student must score at least a 128 or above on a GT ability test and at least a 95% or higher on either reading, math, environment (1st and 2nd grades), science or social studies (3rd and 4th grades) achievement testing.
What is the definition of "gifted"?
Browse some of this great information about the characteristics of gifted individuals before proceeding through the process of testing your child for gifted and talented services in Tomball ISD.
Parents are encouraged to visit the National Association for Gifted Children to explore the definitions of giftedness.
The Texas Association for Gifted and Talented has a great library of resources for parents on giftedness.
The state of Texas mandates that school districts use several different means of accessing for gifted services. Tomball ISD uses two recognized ability tests and one recognized achievement tests along with teacher and parent surveys. Similar test scores used by other district may also be used if accepted by the District Selection Committee.